Digital history is a very interesting subject of study. Contradictory to other history courses available at the university level, the study of digital history expands far beyond the simple chronology of the internet. This course may change over time to match the progression of the subject it studies. The internet is in its infancy, and at this point it is hard to see the full potential of the web, as we can only perceive the impacts as new advancements of the internet unfold.
I am a firm believer that everything but biological functions ca be found on the internet, but who knows? Give it time. For now the importance of the internet lies in its access to knowledge and information, unfortunately for the everyday consumer, this information is worth billions of dollars to certain institutions. This marketability of our information has been the forefront of debate for topics related to privacy and security. The NSA controversy in 2014, when it was noted publicly that the National Security Agency was spying on its own citizens and citizens world wide through varies technological mediums, Justified the illogical ramblings of a government conspiracy theorists; yes they are watching and listening to us.
In another social-political topic related to the internet was that of Aaron Swarts, who wanted to make educational information, that was otherwise inaccessible to those outside of universities and colleges, accessible. Basically he believed in a non-profit system of disseminating knowledge, a system currently dominated by a privatized educational structure. In short, what happened to Aaron, an activist of progress and mass public enlightenment, was a tragedy and synonymous behavior of oppressive regimes against those who fight for positive change. But whether, civil rights, avoiding unconstitutional wars or battling over the internet, people who strive and believe in a higher cause seeming end up being dramatically silenced.
Due to the Internets’ relatively young age, their are still minor restrictions and legislation regarding the ethical and legal practices of the internet. Toning down the discussion, we can examine the educational purposes of the internet. Again, this debate circulates around the topic of accessible information. Should a higher education be affordable (or free) to anyone, considering the information taught inside of universities, can be found on the internet. Examples of this transition of education over the internet have already started. Online courses are currently available, and are becoming more accessible. Positive notes for educators is that these educational systems will still need to be structured; someone will have to write a curriculum. Whether or not the educational system completely transfers over the web is up for debate and this transfer would take time. The bigger debate exists in the inquiry of making education affordable and public. This could intern be revolutionary, but problematic as we already exist in a educational saturated workforce, prominent of people working jobs below their education. This issue of over saturation of qualified workers could create a lull in employment numbers.
Perhaps than the human race could exist and coagulate on issues that impact us all as a species; when the global focus changes from economy to education.
In a nut shell, History 303 has been an enlightened experience that I would recommend for anyone looking for a more hands-on history course.