Today I am going to write about two articles I read and my impressions of them and what they said about digital history.
This first article I read was Learning how to write Analog and Digital History (2012 revision) by Andrea Lawrence. The first paragraph starts out with the author expanding on how historical has been a robust project that has certain perimeters that have stayed mostly the same over the last few years. And that learning to “do history” (A direct quote) can feel like a just soaking in knowledge. While presenting it can be a very limited experience.
I understood what she was saying up to this point. As I have noticed how lately in the modern world how people have stopped at only sharing knowledge through books or conferences. However there is another way to do so and Andrea tackles this in her paper.
She created a class called Histories of Education where she taught her students how to evaluate historiography and experiment with different forms of historical research and writing methods and formats. Through online discussion, peer review, blogs, critical reviews, wikipedia and other formats; she taught her students what integrity in historical research is, how to structure and how to document.
This article allowed me to reflect on some things I would want to place on my website and how I would want to share history in the future. It also showed that digital history is more then just a new form of sharing history, its a new form of educating, learning and experimenting. It is allowing people to reach new heights and “do history” in a way that is more then soaking knowledge from a page. All in all, I felt her article was very informative if a little ambiguous.
The other article I read was The Accountability Partnership: Writing and Surviving in the Digital Age (2012 revision) by Natalia Petrzela and Sarah Manekin.
This article jumped out at me because of the title. Sometimes I feel like I’m barely managing to keep a float in the Digital world sea. So I wanted to see how other people have managed.
The first paragraph started by introducing our two authors and why they had need an accountability partnership—-a dissertations. Both women had been in different cities and studying two vastly different centuries of history. But they used the internet to connect via email. Both would email each other every day with goals, a schedule of what they were doing, and a reflection on whatever tricky historical question was tickling their brain that day.
Though I found this article sparse on exciting sentences that kept me engaged the whole time, I liked the idea of what they were doing. And felt like it would be a wonderful way to keep on task.
All in all, I felt that their article was informative, if a little too wordy and dry. However I am glad I read their article as it showed me that I would want to avoid blocky paragraphs and cliche catch phrases in my own writing, of my contract and on my website.
Both articles were helpful in sharing ideas and methods which is why they had been originally shared. So I can say that both did their jobs well and I’ll be looking through more articles later.
Until next time.