Jason Steinhauer: “History, Disrupted: How Social Media and the World Wide Web Have Changed the Past”
"Jason Steinhauer outlines how the web and social media have changed the way we learn and communicate about history."
- Speaker: Jason Steinhauer, Fellow at The Woodrow Wilson Center and a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, USA
- Moderator: Helga Nowotny, Former President of the ERC
About the Event
June 13, 2023
5:00 – 6:00 PM
Jason argues that the Web and social media have dramatically shaped the general public’s understandings of history as a result of the rise of “e-history,” or forms of history communication specifically designed for distribution online. Jason outlines how the emergence of platforms and technologies such as Wikipedia, Facebook, and A.I. have altered the public’s interactions with historical information, and how the intersection of professional history with the Web has produced a clash of cultures that has threatened the very existence of the history profession. The rise of e-history has created an urgent need to ensure that accurate, reliable information becomes visible in the public sphere.
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