Be online, or be irrelevant.
These wise words appear on the syllabus for the History and New Media course this summer. My first reaction was, I am online. Historian at the consulting firm History Associates by day and public history student at American University by night, I am constantly using the Internet to conduct research, execute projects, and communicate with my colleagues and peers. Yet, upon further reflection, it occurred to me that, while I go online, I have no real or meaningful web presence. I am, as far as web users go, a mere window shopper. I glance, I peruse, but I don’t engage. So, here I am, trying to make the Internet a place to where my ideas and reflections about public and digital history can live – a place to be, not simply a place to go.
Over the next six weeks, I look forward to becoming an active blogger and sharing my experience in History and New Media. I hope not only to be online, but to create content that adds to ongoing debates about history in the digital age. Let the adventure begin.