“History Disrupted” by Social Media and the Web

Jason Steinhauer joins us to talk over the brilliant ideas and analyses in his new book, “History Disrupted: How Social Media and the World Wide Web Have Changed the Past.” A gripping conversation that’s at the cutting edge of where history and “e-history” are now, and what might lie in store in the future. Listen and learn! Episode #432

We mentioned several things on the show that Buzzkillers should consider following. Here they are:

“History Club” on Clubhouse: https://www.historyclub.club/

Jason Steinhauer on Substack: https://jasonsteinhauer.substack.com/

Dr. Heather Cox Richardson’s “Letters from an American” on Substack: https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/

Buzzkill Bookshelf

Jason Steinhauer, History, Disrupted: How Social Media and the World Wide Web Have Changed the Past 

The Internet has changed the past. Social media, Wikipedia, mobile networks, and the viral and visual nature of the Web have inundated the public sphere with historical information and misinformation, changing what we know about our history and History as a discipline. This is the first book to chronicle how and why it matters. Why does History matter at all? What role do history and the past play in our democracy? Our economy? Our understanding of ourselves? How do questions of history intersect with today’s most pressing debates about technology; the role of the media; journalism; tribalism; education; identity politics; the future of government, civilization, and the planet? 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.

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