Twitter: Information at Your Finger Tips

The explosion of social media platforms have provided the world with new venues for discussion. Whether it be about contemporary world events, or the latest celebrity gossip, social media sites have proven that they are here to stay by enticing users throughout the world. One specific platform that has gained immense prominence with not only lay people, but with scholars and academic institutions, is Twitter. Unlike sites like Facebook, where an individual could write a lengthy post on a specific topic, Twitter only allows for 140 characters within a “tweet.” This form of microblogging allows for quick bits of information to easily connect with followers, especially since the Twitter app is common among any smartphone user (which most people now have affixed to their body). This means that news can hastily get to a person with popup notifications, allowing for the easy transmission of ideas and events across the globe. The app is connected to the 24-hour news cycle, where live updates are regularly posted about world events. The advantages of having a Twitter account can be plentiful, especially for public history institutions, because it provides a platform for getting important information about the institutions to those who are interested. Continue reading “Twitter: Information at Your Finger Tips”


Diane Zimmerman Umble, “Sinful Network or Divine Service: Competing Meaning of the Telephone in Amish Country”

New advances in media are often considered an improvement for the larger society, allowing for better communication through the use of superior technology that usually replaces an old inadequate form. A collection of essays entitled New Media, 1740 – 1915 examine what is now perceived as “old” media and the implications they had on society upon their introduction. While most new media is venerated and expected amongst contemporary society, some produced a negative effect. One specific instance is analyzed in “Sinful Network or Divine Service: Competing Meanings of the Telephone in Amish Country,” where the debut of the telephone at the beginning of the twentieth century caused intense debates within two traditionalist Amish communities, Old Order Mennonites and Old Order Amish. This chapter highlights the disputes that erupted when new media emerged, a case that the author Dianne Umble argues is often overlooked.

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