Intro Blog Post

Hello,

My name is Jason Gillard, and I am a fourth year history major here at Brock University.  I live in the nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake, and am happy to have a university, like Brock, so close by for me to go to.  With my Bachelor degree, which I should finish by the end of this school year, I plan to continue my education at the seminary on the Brock campus.  There I would be able to, after four more years of schooling, gain my Master of Divinity, and become a minister within the Lutheran Church.  Not many people know that the Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary exists here at Brock, therefore, I am adding a map to show where it is on campus.

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I have been told, and seen myself, that the majority of students go through all their years at Brock without knowing that the seminary even exists.  Besides schooling, I spend much of my time at home or with my church.

The introduction of the digital history textbook highlights many “promises” that are said to come with digital history.  This includes promises about a “richer” reading experience that would come from the digitization of documents, so they can then be read online.  However, “perils” of digital history are displayed as well in the intro, including how some critics say that it will be the loss of reading altogether.  Both the potential pros and cons of reading with digital history counter each other.

Another promise of digital history is that a much larger audience can be reached through the internet.  This would give the ability for more to learn and analyze history through digitization.  The perils of this are less severe than the loss of reading, however, they should still be considered.  Just because an article is posted on the internet for anyone to read, it does not mean that anyone will read it.  This is especially true when it is considered how much information is added to the internet daily.

Each of these sections of the introduction to the textbook show how and when it will address each topic.  Altogether this makes me excited for the rest of the course.  This course gained my interest because I thought the digital aspects of Prof. Rose’s previous courses were interesting.  Also there is the realization to me that in order to stay relevant one has to keep up with the times, thus, I do not think digital history should be ignored and am looking forward for the weeks to come.

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