Week 12: Making Digital History Relevant

Podcasts are so popular nowadays. You can literally search any podcast topic online and it’s readily available to be downloaded at no cost (except on iTunes store). Topics can range from health and nutrition all the way to academic topics like history and art history, sociology, anthropology, business, economics, science and even mental health. It is a digital means used for informational or even entertainment purposes. Currently, there are thousands of topics from which to choose from on the iTunes store ready to be dowloaded. Honestly, I never really took interest for podcasts mostly because I’m more of a visual person but also because I wasn’t really exposed to it. After discovering this topic on Stuff You Missed in History Class called “Giorgio Vasari” which extendedly narrates the story of 16th-century Italian artist notorious for his art and architect masterpieces, however, mostly famous for his art historical writing about the lives of other artists. Art history podcasts like these fascinate me because it’s intriguing and captivating listening to information that not only relates to my interests but also helps me discover and learn new elements within the art history and history realm.

To me, it almost feels like a lecture at home and this is precisely the benefit I would like to emphasize. Podcasts are easily downloadable which means it can be saved and preserved right in your computer ready to be heard at any time. Some podcasts are more lengthy than others which is important to take into account because depending on the size of the podcast is how much space it will end up occupying. Podcasts are an attracting digital and public history tool that can be used to extend a public history audience by offering realms of information relevant to their interests at the click of a button. It’s fast and downloadable, on-the-go easy to listen to anywhere.

It is a new learning tool that is convenient and highly informational – I also find it motivational especially the time I remember listening to a podcast about mental health and nutrition (two semesters ago when I took a nutrition course at UConn) and actually found myself writing down notes and making a nutritional plan for myself. Of course, unlike a lecture, podcasts aren’t interactive between professor and student but I do find it to be mentally interactive where it makes me think and ponder about the subject wanting to know more and more. I find myself not only absorbing the information but also filtering through what I consider to be important and to that end furthering my knowledge. Podcasts are transforming the way in which we interact with digital information by providing an audible means of learning all sorts of new information. I think podcasts are creating a shift in the public historical realm, it is digitally transforming the way we think and takes processing digital information to another level.

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