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Friending the Past: The Sense of History in the Digital Age

Alan Liu


Friending the Past asks if today's society, increasingly captivated by up-to-the-minute information media, can have a sense of history. What is the relation between past societies whose media forms fostered a communal or self-aware sense of history—for example, storytelling in prehistorical oral societies, or the great print works of historicism in the nineteenth century—and today's "instant" networked information society? How did the sense of history once balance between the feeling for the present and for the absent, the temporal and the social, the individual and the collective, and the sta ... More

Keywords: digital humanities, historicism, history, information society, media, media archaeology, networks, romanticism, temporality, timelines

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226451817
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226452005.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan Liu, author
University of California, Santa Barbara