History

All the possibilities

So, all these weeks I have been blogging about all these different ways to make history fun and more modern using digital means. Today I would like to look at a more serious approach. I want to get a spotlight on the different learning networks and different ways that you can use nowadays to learn about history online. So, all these weeks…

Rewriting History

Games with historic themes have been popular since the early beginnings. Popular historic game titles are Command & Conquer, Rome: Total War and Age of Empires. One of the game studios that has been popular lately is Paradox Interactive, a Swedish game studio. They made many successful historic games in the past and are still making new titles and expansions. Currently their…

Archiving the digital

Not so very long ago most computer users printed everything. They held onto their paper texts, probably also because the average pre-millennium (Windows) computer was quite unreliable and crashes happened frequently. Files were much easier damaged than nowadays. Making backups was easily forgotten, so a printed hardcopy was something to rely on. The ‘paperless office’ existed in theory, but not in practice.…

Something lost. . .

Usually I write this really upbeat blog, but today will be different. So prepare yourself for a change of pace. Normally I talk about all the advantages that the digital world entails, but for today I would like to focus on the downside of the digital world (when it comes to history). But why is the digital world bad for history? In…

Cultivation Theory

           In the previous blog, I have written a post about what Agenda Setting is, and how the traditional Agenda Setting theory has changed with the rise of digital media. Today, I will be writing about the Cultivation Theory. <Cultivation theory>            Cultivation theory especially came out when the television technology has developed to the point where every household had one television.…

Human emotions in virtual worlds

“How can we then say that something exists and at the same time is not real?” (Brey, 2014) Virtual enviroments are really powerful. Through them, humans can actually disconnect themselves from their ordinary lives and experience a full-immersion into the virtual reality (VR). The sense of reality of physical objects is recreated by the digital objecs in virtuality. Computer systems generate virtual objects…

“Mobile gaming isn’t gaming”

Last week at BlizzCon 2018, a gaming convention held by the video game developer Blizzard Entertainment, Blizzard Entertainment announced its newest game: ‘Diablo Immortal’. This announcement was not met with the usual excitement, but instead received a huge backlash from the Diablo fanbase. One disappointed fan even asked the announcer whether “this is an out-of-season April Fool’s joke”. For anyone who has…

A meme a day keeps the doctor away

“An image, video, piece of text, etc., typically humorous in nature, that is copied and spread rapidly by Internet users, often with slight variations.” This definition has been given to the word by the Oxford Dictionary. But to really get a feel of the meaning it is better to look at the somewhat dramatic definition that the Urban Dictionary gives meme: “The…