Historians and Social Media: Resources
Is there a right way to use social media to communicate history?
(Resources to accompany a roundtable discussion at SHEAR 2016)
Challenges of Telling the Truth on Social Media
Rebecca Onion, "Truth, Lies, Clicks, and Shares: How History is Faring on the World Wide Web" (video; talk starts at 8:34)
Rebecca Onion, who runs Slate's primary-source blog The Vault, discusses several problems that can arise when history goes viral. She has written several related articles: "Snapshots of History," on the misleading habits of Twitter accounts like @HistoryInPics; "The Awful Emptiness of 'Relatable'"; "On Letters of Note"; "History, or Just Horror," on the exploitation of historical medical pictures; ....... Related: Mitch Fraas on tracking down and contextualizing an early modern "rocket cat" illustration.
Professional Considerations: or, Tweeting While Academic
- Isabel Holowaty, "Social Media for Historians" (PDF)
Slides from a presentation on basic platforms and approaches.
- Leah DeVellis, "Grad students need social media"
A pithy post on five ways social media can be useful to graduate students.
A post raising ethical questions about how social media reshapes small communities of scholars.
History and Activism in Social Media
- James Grossman, "Everything Has a History"
An invitation to use the #EverythingHasAHistory hashtag on Twitter "to find places to write and speak, to provide various publics with the histories essential to intelligent decision making."