Intro blog

My name is Ziyang Guo, I live in Toronto. I transferred to brock last year, right now I am in general humanity major. I will graduate after the winter semester, I am still not entirely sure if I should start working or spent another year for a higher degree. Before university I spent 2 year in George Brown College to archive a college degree for business marketing.

Outside of school I had many part time jobs, first at a gift shop, now in a hotpot restaurant for 2 years. My part time job experience really improved my communication skills, as well as time management skills.

I like history specially WW 1 and WW2, I am also a tech geek. So, when I see digital history I am really excited to find out the content in it.

After reading the introduction, I have more understanding of what is coming from this this book. I believe the theory and fact I will learn from this book will be extremely different than any course reading I had before.  The reason is the perspective of combing digital technology with history study. The promise of digital history it that internet connects more researcher, they can now easily share their own discovery or theory to the outside world with much larger audience. Today, to confirm a detail in a historical event we only need to search it on line, instead of spending hours going through old books. In addition, digital means access it anytime, anywhere. The government and university can scan their valuable collection of history books in to digital form, available on the internet for everyone to access without the chance of accidently damaging the book. On the other hand, perils exist in many ways as well. Due to nature of internet, anyone can make their own website about history knowledge, it is impossible to identify the authenticity of every single author. Student or beginner may easily run in to fake fiction story made out of different historical event, or information that contains strong political view from the author himself. The internet is a gigantic search engine that shows tone of useless or slightly related information, it takes experience for the user to distinguish useful information and non-credit source article.

In my opinion, digital history is the way of our future. Just like ancient people used to draw and carve in cave and on rock, bones. Then there was the invention of paper. Today digital world is going change the way we record our history once again. We will never lose those ancient books from the damage of time or fire, it can be stored forever and access any where.  MDH


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