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When I went away to start my undergrad I was not only a pretty socially awkward person (alert: still am), but I had my own computer for basically the first time in my life. Prior to getting a Dell laptop to start college I had always used desktops everyone in the family shared.
Gardiner, Eileen and Ronald G. Musto. The Digital Humanities: A Primer for Students and Scholars. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015. No grad student would blink twice about seeing a book from 2005 on the list of assigned reading for a class. Yet because of the pace of technology over the last decade, Dan Cohen and Roy Rosenzweig’s milestone book Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web is far more outdated than most other academic monographs published that year.
According to Alexa, the English language version of Wikipedia is the seventh ranked site on the Internet and the only vaguely academic site besides the omnipotent Google on the list. Yet even though Wikipedia and its five million articles have become a ubiquitous part of how we figure out the answer to life’s vexing questions, most people know little about how the content actually gets on Wikipedia.
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