Friday, December 17, 2010
History and Social Media - a Warning Shot
Greetings Cosmic Americans!
I have been thinking a hellofalot about this lately. So much so that I believe some sort of essay/article is in order.
This is what is going on in my head (in these...the preliminary stages of composition).
- I once thought social media was a useless waste of time.
- I was wrong (really wrong). There is enormous value in an "Academic Internetwork." Research can be broadcast worldwide instantaneously in real time.
- There is also enormous value in the creation of digital history resources - a related phenomenon that is taking place right now.
- This is significant in terms of historical publication. Will professional historians rise to the occasion and embrace social media? Should they?
- What are the implications of turning from an "Intranetwork" to an "Internetwork?" In other words...what happens when scholarship is no longer a member's only game? (It is, you know...like it or not).
So that is where I stand today. And I am not the only historian giving this a lot of thought. Check out Kevin Levin's blog Civil War Memory. There could be some changes in the wind....YAY! (oh...and BTW - since we are on the subject, why not check me out on Facebook, Youtube, Ustream, and Twitter)