Blog Log Week 2 #1

I had really mixed feelings about some of the sites listed. On one hand, the benefits of these sites are immediately visible. They gather and present information on a topic and many of them, like the Great Molasses Flood site, have a guiding thesis. They are scholarly, but unlike scholarly articles, can be modified or updated  to include new information. They are also far more accessible and, because of their capacity to store information, can present readers with a lot more information or could even be used to present a narrative. These sites are really practical learning tools and serious Historical projects, but I did have some problems. Namely, they are either ugly or dated. It seems like kind of a petty critique but whats the point of having accessible information if no one will look at it? They can also really help with creating apps based on databases, something which we’ve covered in class and seems pretty cool. But I sometimes want to question the necessity or applicability of some of the spider web ones, and they seem a little dated too. I get that a visual aid is useful for understanding, but many seemed less concerned with the visual aid and the user experience then the information, something that’s probably a good problem. As for myself, I’m really not at all sure how I would use this. I honestly think powerpoint or prezi are good enough so I’m interested in seeing how my project will turn out. So far I’ve really only thought of a timeline which presents photos from relevant times or demonstrates some historical phenomenon. Maybe even making multiple timeline which can overlap and separate to show correlation, but I’m not sold on this and saying it, it strikes me as a dated technique.

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