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Is social media good for history?

Is social media good for history?

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"Social media prefers the bizarre, the visual, the cruel" Catherine Fletcher, professor of history at Manchester Metropolitan University and author of Beauty and Terror: An Alternative History of the Italian Renaissance (Bodley Head, 2020) At best, social media is a remarkable mechanism for the exchange of ideas, book recommendations and contacts, which makes the life of the historian considerably easier. Last year I attended a conference round table that researched Manchuria, Korea, Russia and Italy, which would not have been possible without Twitter. Archiving can be isolating and social media an excellent virtual water cooler, a place to share jokes and amusing stories, like the secret of the shrinking crocodile that kept me and my followers busy when I was working on the ...