After reading a chapter of James Loewen’s Lies Across America, I remembered how much I enjoyed Loewen and his writing. In an American history seminar class during my undergrad, I read his book Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, which was awesome. Yes, Loewen is very biased, but his book was so enjoyable. It was very interesting and read like a novel, something any non-historian (or historian!) can get behind! If you’re interested in checking it out (which you totally should), read my synopsis after the jump to see if it’s something you’d enjoy. Continue reading
Gordon Bell. The man who digitized his entire life. When a friend of his began scanning books into a computer, Bell decided that he would scan everything he had ever accumulated during the course of his life into a computer of his own. Upon first reading the article, I have to admit that I didn’t have a problem with Bell scanning the contents of his filing cabinets and boxes that were stored in his house, and putting it onto a computer. I can even see the practical value of this: get it on the computer, save it, back it up, throw out the originals, and voilà, more space! But I continued reading and saw that he scanned scrapbooks, photographs, and even labels of wine that he’d enjoyed at some point in his life. This is where it stopped being practical and became unsentimental. As someone who has personally made scrapbooks, compiled photo albums, and written journals, it’s difficult to imagine throwing out the real copies and being satisfied with a digital version on a computer screen. Flipping through the pages of these books and reminiscing about all things that have happened in my life just cannot be substituted for scrolling down a computer screen with a mouse. It’s too unsatisfying! Continue reading
Yes, it’s true. I’m back to blogging about all things public history, whether it be museum exhibits, special art installations, festivals or cultural events that I happen upon. Some of the blog posts are recycled from the former This Public Historian blog, but you can look forward to lots of new posts making their way to this new location. Happy reading!