Pod-Cast Away: Hearing History and the Benefits of the Medium

Having been on both sides of education, I’ve learned through experience that people have different styles of learning. Some prefer visuals over textual information. On the other hand, some prefer focusing on one task or activity at a time with no divided focus. To me, as a first time user, podcasts seem to be a […]

A Book by Any Other Name: Text Analysis and Google Books

It is tempting to think that new, digital media should be able to recapture every element of the old and to show them in a new light. This begs the question of how far have online tools come along in making that a reality to the potential benefit of historians. This week, I tried multiple […]

Right Before Your Eyes: Virtual Reality and Historical Narrative

It is interesting how virtual reality (or VR, for short) has resurged in popularity in the same vein of vinyl records, Polaroid cameras, and other tech. The stereotypical heavy goggles people wore to fly at sci-fi conventions have been replaced by mobile phones we can strap to our heads and use just about anywhere. Along […]

Pwning the Narrative: Storytelling in Small-Scale Video Games

You are checking Facebook to see if your picture of brunch got any likes when you see it: another Farmville invite. Your eyes roll.  You click the “ignore” or “delete” button and move on with life. Sound familiar? In an ever-expanding digital age, social media like Twitter, Instagram and others have increasingly connected us by […]

History in 280 Characters

When you think of historians, what do you picture? A bunch of older academics reading books and writing in leather armchairs? In last week’s post, I examined how Jeffersonian era citizens reacted to physiognotraces (or shadow silhouette portraiture) and discussed how historians ought to evaluate what “new” media contributes or signifies in their unique historical […]

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