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Mike demonstrates stylized cave paintings. Joe demonstrates talking drums. Kyle demonstrates cuneiform (and plays with a talking drum).
While reading Edgerton for Thursday, I was intrigued in the amount of popular television shows that tried to incorporate historical events into the show’s plot. Furthermore, I thought it was interesting seeing the show’s take on historical events like Dark Skies integrating alien life into major historical events of the 2oth century. While that particular show did not catch on, I definitely think there is a market in television for historical documentaries, popular history, or even fabricated history in popular culture. The major problems facing these kinds of shows is the relationship between actual historians and producers. Edgerton believes that very few films and shows do what “real” historians do. While I agree with him to the point that most television shows and films dramatize historical to some extent, I still find most of them very engaging and informative. I don’t think that these shows can be cited as primary or secondary sources just yet, I do believe they have significant value in the lives of most people.
The spread of information through newspaper print and publishing went through a massive makeover at the turn of the 20th century. From the early 1900’s to the present, journalists have followed 3 major rules: “accuracy, accuracy, and accuracy.” These three rules have established modern journalism as people know today. This radical system of publication was the creation of one man named Joseph Pulitzer.
After moving to New York from St. Louis to take over the failing New York World, Pulitzer began to change the layout of the newspaper immediately. The first difference in the World that could be seen was the headlines of the newspaper. Before Pulitzer, the World published newspaper with boring headlines that took up too much space, for instance: “Bench Show of Dogs: Prizes Awarded on the Second Day of the Meeting in Madison Square Garden.” Just a few weeks after Pulitzer took the reigns at the Herald, headlines looked very different: “Baptized in Blood.” The story summarized the deaths of 11 people at the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge on a Sunday where a riot broke out.
These luring headlines enticed readers to take a look, but the stories themselves made the people, and more importantly, the editors want to read the newspaper. Pulitzer’s formula for success was very simple, to write a story so simple that anyone could read, but also so colorful that no one would forget. Another technique Pulitzer encouraged his journalists to incorporate in articles were interviews. A new idea at the time, Pulitzer wanted the voices of the city to be heard as in the articles the World published.
In complete harmony with pushing the boundaries of the text itself in journal articles, Pulitzer in addition integrated pictures into the stories he published. As Jack Shafer states in “The Lost World of Joseph Pulitzer,” halftone photos, dramatic and comic illustrations, inset graphics, hand-lettered headlines, and buckets of color enlivened these artful pages. The picture inlayed with the text of an article gives the World a three-dimensional quality that is very real and engaging with the reader, a quality only the World possessed at the beginning.
At a time when radio wasn’t for sale to the public, television was still a theory, and film had not reached its full potential, the newspaper was the only source of information and even entertainment. Pulitzer was able to give the subscribers of the World both the entertainment they wanted, and the accurate information they needed to live their lives.
 Judith Sheppard, “Playing defense,” American Journalism Review, September 1998, 49.
 James McGrath Morris, “Man of the World,” Wilson Quarterly 34, Winter2010, 28-33.
 Jack Shafer, The Lost World of Joseph Pulitzer, http://www.slate.com/id/2126420 (accessed September 28, 2011).
Creativity–Events going beyond the syllabus,
Meets need of basic information (events, citations, basic description, dates, no typos, correct categorization)
Going beyond the basics (images, descriptions)
Wide breadth of information for your category
Check out this interactive timeline about the evolution of the web (it works best in Chrome or an up-to-date browser. It’s a bit infographic, bit timeline, bit website. What ideas might we glean from it about the way we might present our own information in our timeline of the Information Age?
[Hat-tip to former student, Chris Darder, for pointing this out to me.]
And for the kind of interactive timelines UMW students have created using the Simile timeline widget, see:
- Alumni Project — See for example, the events in 1974 and the integration of video and links to text sources if you click on the events.
- Historical Markers Project
- James Farmer Timeline
- James Monroe’s Time in France — Note the links in each event to images of Monroe’s letters.
And for other, non-UMW examples, see http://www.simile-widgets.org/timeline/examples/index.html
Welcome to my blog for History of the Information Age!
My name is Caitlin Murphy, and I am a senior double majoring in History and Digital Media Studies. In this space, I will be discussing my thoughts on the technology, both modern and otherwise. While I like to think I have a basic grasp of modern technology, I don’t know nearly as much as I’d like, or how we have the technology we have today.
I signed up for the History of the Information Age because I am very interested in digital media. Technology is integral to how the world exists as we know it, and I think the study of that is necessary for understanding the modern world. Not just how it is used now or how it can be used in the future, but also it’s evolution and history. I’ve taken several digital media classes, but never within the context of history, and I wanted to explore that aspect of it. I also enjoy learning the way we have been integrating interesting (but sometimes seemingly useless) modern technology into our culture for ages, and how this has changed the way life is today. Exploring the history of film and propaganda would be fascinating as well.
Our group class bibliography is available at https://www.zotero.org/groups/infoage/items
This is a great post on using the newest version of Zotero.
….the new site for the fall 2011 history of the Information Age course at UMW.