Entry #2: The Evolution of History in the Digital Age

The digital world has brought about a lot of change in the field of History. History has always been seen as an academic field holding no real worth to the working class, but with the help of the advancements in technology interest has grown.

History is no longer being portrayed as just memorized dates and events. People are looking into the past through different avenues and technological advancement allows for that. Open source and open access sites are great for the field because they allow for mass consumption of information from all audiences and not just those that own a subscription to Jstor.

The digital age allows for easier research to be completed; with the creation of the simple google search researchers are able to look and find necessary information or searches in a matter of moments. Prior to the technology upgrade, hours would be spent in front of a book rereading text trying to find the evidence to support the research.

Researchers are not the only ones who benefit from digital history movement, Museums do too. When we think of museums almost instantly people get an overwhelming sense of boredom. The stigma that a static museum exhibit is the only form of exhibit is disappearing. Museums are creating interactive exhibits, some that even have online companions, helping to feed the desire for entertainment in many individuals, while also educating them in the process. (x)

So when we talk about these changes to the field of historical research it is important to talk about the quality of work. There have been arguments made that history published on the web holds less value than published in a book or journal. I see the argument to be incorrect. Just because something was published online does not downgrade the quality of work completed by an individual.

Yes there is an increase in the quantity of research online but there is no evidence to claim that the quality of work is worse than an article published in a journal. It is simple to come across false historical data on the internet. Yet, we are trained to weed out the bad and find the good. There is an abundance of good history online and it is available to almost every history buff in the world.


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