Digital History vs. Social Media

Dean J. Guarnaschelli

There is no doubt that social media, in all of its many forms, has helped to connect people based on their relationship to given events. Digital history however, is not the same as social media.  While both can be seen as avenues that allow a forum for a specific topic or action, digital history has the ability to relate the same event to world history.  The scale that revolves around digital history makes is a segue for interpreting the event at hand to similar events over time and space.  During our workshop, participants may want to answer for themselves questions such as, ‘How is this project different than my students joining a social media page on this topic?”


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