Blog #1: My First Thoughts

Hi! My name is Kaitlyn Munro, but I prefer Katie, and I am in my second year of concurrent education (I/S) majoring in history and minoring in English. I commute from Hamilton to St.Catharines every day for my classes, so after the first day I was delighted to know that this class didn’t suck. Probably the most exciting thing about me is that I’m a manager at my local McDonalds in Hamilton, but really, it’s not that thrilling. Oh, I’m also completely obsessed with Greys Anatomy and Friends; if I wasn’t so interested in teaching, I’d be a surgeon.

I am a huge history nerd, especially between WWI and WWII and ancient times, however, I was hesitant on taking this course because I am by no means a tech nerd, I know how to use my Microsoft word and barely. I am a paper to pen person 90% of the time, but I’m actually rather excited about what this course is going to offer.

The introduction chapter of Digital History really covered the pros and cons to digital history entering the historical world. For example, more people could read what’s digitalized online and have easier access to it, however, it could also mean that the reading could be ignored or lost all together. The introduction’s huge focus is these pros and cons. Digital access anywhere anytime would be great for younger people trying to get more involved with the history of the world, but anyone can create a website so who really knows if it’s true. Promises and perils come along hand in hand with the subject of digital history. Whether it be the flexibility and diversity digital education brings to the table because of the more accessible information and who/when it’s accessible, or the quality of the humungous data base that now surrounds history on the internet. Digital history is a thing of the future.

In my opinion, I feel like digital history is a great thing to have in our time and age. Everyone has their phones glued to their hands, fancy computers, televisions, smart apps, you name it, they’ve got it. So if you’re going to do anything with historical evidence and information, it might as well be to digitalize it. No matter how much I like being able to read through an original primary document or search through books, it’s inevitable that technology is taking over and that we as a whole have to pack up out history and move with it.

I am very excited to see how this course plays out over the next few months and to see if my perspectives on digital history change with the information I’m able to gather. I look forward to it!

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