Digitizing Folk Music History 2012 Notes: What Is Digital History, Anyway?





What is Digital History, Anyway?

-Form, content, context

-Quantitative vs. qualitative

-What can we do in the digital that we couldn’t do in the analog?

1) Application of digital tools to evidence and arguments to reveal and discern new patterns for interpretation.

2) Presentation of evidence and arguments and interpretation in new, more illuminating ways.

-Connections to folk revival. Not just how can new digital tools help us think about the past history of the folk revival (or other topics) but also how does that history help us think about our present digital historical moment?

-Being critical historians. What is criticality? How do we practice it in the digital context?

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