Get to Know Michael Hunter: A Digital History Introduction

Hi members of HIST 2P26, my name is Michael Hunter and I am interested in digital history for two main reasons. The first reason is that I have a huge passion for history and more specifically well-documented modern histories which makes this course fall directly in my interests. The second reason that I am interested in digital history is due to the timing of the lectures and seminars for this course that allowed me to condense my schedule to only having classes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning. I am from Milton which is located in Southern Ontario and contrary to popular belief is no longer a “farm town.” I hope to minor in history but first and foremost I am in second year for Sport Management, however I didn’t come here to be this guy.kyle.jpeg

For those of you that do not know who that man is, it is Kyle Dubas and he attracts a number of students to Brock for the Sport Management program. I like to think of myself as someone different as after I graduate I hope to move on to teacher’s college and become a high school teacher.

Outside of school I am very passionate about sports, hence the program that I am in. My favorite sport is hockey and the team I cheer for is the Devils. Basically I’m this guy.giphy-downsized-large.gif I can talk pretty much any sport and keeping up to date on player moves, transactions, scores and news to do with sports is the only thing I find myself doing outside of class.

I found the introductory chapter in the textbook very interesting. The overarching “promise” of digital history was a revolution for how humankind acquires and store information with the promise of greater: capacity (the ability to store and save more in small spaces,) accessibilty (the ability to have resources at resources more readily available,) flexibility (the abiilty to present information using multimedia,) diversity (giv more people the ability to research and post,) manipulability (the ability to go back and see things that may not have been seen before,) interactivity (having a two-way communication rather than just dictating) and hypertextuality (using more than just text.) These seven characteristics that the web has are the “promises” of the internet that allow the original “promise” of digital history to be close to true.

The “Peril” of digital history is that the information put on the internet would become less valid and trustworthy leaving people less educated than they would be if they used traditional resources for their research and learning. quality, durability, readability, passivity and inaccessibility. These are the “perils” of digital history that make the overarching “peril” come true.

In terms of how I feel about this is that both sides of the argument make valid points, however I feel that the “promises” of digital history far outweigh the “perils.” More capacity and accessibility allows all stakeholders the ability to have more resources before them and at a more efficient rate. The perils just force the stakeholders to become better historians, to read between the lines, to search for bias and ulterior motives and purposes in writing. The capacity allows us to gain a full picture. With the “perils” only forcing people to become better learners and historians and the “promises” making it easier to do so it seems very simple.

Moving forward in this course I am very excited to learn more about digital history and creating my own webpage on a history topic I care about.guy.jpg

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