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Reading Review:

Philip J. Ethington, “Los Angeles and the Problem of Urban Historical Knowledge: A Multimedia Essay to Accompany the December Issue of The American Historical Review.”

  • Free write about the organization of this site
  • Navigation?
  • Methods of data analysis
  • Means of media deployment?

Discsussion of Inventory of Assets

  • Group by group review
  • Restatement of guiding historical question
  • Detail of inventory of assets

Next Steps

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Reading:

Group Work:

  • Your group should be prepared to present a preliminary “inventory of assets” for your project; a list of sources (or potential sources that you will locate) that will propel your argument. Be sure that these sources represent our distribution areas of spatial history, data mining and analysis, textual analysis, and visual and aural culture.
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Model Graphical Representations of Data Around Hurricane Sandy

Reading

Joshua Brown, “History and the Web, From the Illustrated Newspaper to Cyberspace: Visual Technologies and Interaction in the Nineteenth and Twenty-First Centuries

  • “Our consciousness of the past is inextricably bound by pictures”
  • Increase in pictorial archives because of digital media
  • Images as evidence, not just extraneous/illuminate
  • Cyberspace can be immersive, encyclopedic (based on database architecture)
  • Navigating virtual space
  • Integration of info vs linkage
  • 19th century increase in pictures with text, Frank Leslie’s and Harpers
  • Narrative and story telling

Errol Morris, “Photography as a Weapon.”

  • Authenticity and manipulation of images 
  • http://fluxmachine.tumblr.com/
  • Photographs can deceive in many ways (can be as simple as changed captions)

Group Work Updates

  • Plagiarism review

 

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Hi all: we’re looking forward to getting back to class tomorrow, and will be using this week to both explore the role of visual culture in the doing of digital history and to accelerate work on your projects. Please come to class prepared to discuss Joshua Brown, “History and the Web, From the Illustrated Newspaper to Cyberspace: Visual Technologies and Interaction in the Nineteenth and Twenty-First Centuries,” and Errol Morris, “Photography as a Weapon.”

On Wednesday we’ll be discussing Philip J. Ethington’s “Los Angeles and the Problem of Urban Historical Knowledge: A Multimedia Essay to Accompany the December Issue of The American Historical Review” and talking in detail about the tools and processes you’ll use to build out your projects.
Please be in touch with us as soon as possible if you are concerned about making it to class.
Best wishes,
Luke and Tom
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Reading: 

Group:

  • Your group should be prepared to present a “research strategy” to the class on Monday.
    • This strategy should include the following:
      • a statement of the historical question you seek to answer
      • a review of how your group divides labor
      • an overview of the data, archives, and other primary sources that you plan to use at the this stage
        • be sure that spatial history, data mining and analysis, textual analysis, and visual and aural culture are represented in this overview.
        • be sure you have a sense of the chronological scope of the data. Ask yourself if the data will be broad enough to address your question, but also manageable within our timeframe for producing these projects.
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