The Internet has changed the past. Social media, Wikipedia, mobile networks, and the viral and visual nature of the web have filled the public sphere with historical information and misinformation, changing what we know about our history. This is the first book to chronicle how and why it matters. From Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to artificial intelligence, machine learning and algorithms, history has been widely communicated and fiercely contested across the social web as battles over the 1619 Project, the Trump presidency, Confederate monuments and history textbooks have exploded into public view. How does history intersect with today’s most pressing debates? How does history contribute to online debates about misinformation, disinformation, journalism, tribalism, activism, democracy, politics and identity? At the start of a new decade, in the midst of growing political division around the world, this information is critical to an engaged citizenry. As we collectively grapple with the effects of technology and its capacity to destabilize our societies, scholars, educators and the general public should be aware of how the web and social media shape what we know about ourselves - and crucially, about our past.
Jason Steinhauer, Author
Free and open to the public; registration required. For more information, please visit the event webpage. Hosted by the National History Center.