My name is Keiran and I am of French origin (born in France from a French family) but I have moved around a lot due to my parent’s job, namely various parts of Africa then the United Kingdom. my major is computer science and thus needless to say that this course does have a lot personal interest for me. I have a great interest in gaming (specifically counter-strike) and esports. At this moment in time I’m not even sure I know which continent I wish to work and/or live in and just wish to keep as many doors open when my time comes at an end at Brock.
For me, Digital History is the field which explains how the various technological research tools and methods came to be. What were their purpose? What were the initial hurdles and obstacles that needed to be overcome? What was their initial goal and is it still the case years later. The internet, a well know tool which was originally meant for a specific purpose when it was created (basic files and data transfer has since evolved into something much different than what it once was.
Digital history is also the safe keeping of historical sources and data, there is a famous saying “the internet never forgets”. While the internet will never be able to replace primary sources completely it can certainly help to safekeep, share and pass on what we have learned onto others at almost no financial cost and faster than ever before. What used to take weeks searching for books in various libraries can now be done in a few days thanks to the internet as a research tool.
While the internet offers a great deal of tools and information it does have its drawbacks however, the internet has an incredibly large amount of information making it difficult sometime to find a place to start, especially on the more popular research topics. It can also be difficult to separate facts from opinions when researching certain fields leading to inaccurate conclusions (then again even primary sources also tend to have a bias in some cases).
In summary, I believe that understanding the making of these tools which we use every day could help us understand how to use them better and how they could evolve going forward.