The historical profession approaches new information technologies with mixed emotions. Differences of resources, temperament, and generation create both determined resistance and eager acceptance as well as widespread ambivalence. While it is increasingly unusual for people working in history to resist the obvious benefits of the Internet and e-mail, it is even more unusual for Internet users to pursue the full implications and possibilities of the new technology. The great majority of us take a few things from the menu of possibilities and leave the rest untouched.
Copyright © 2001 American Association for State and Local History. This article first appeared in History News, 56:4 (2001), 5-9.
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Ayers, Edward L. "The Pasts and Futures of Digital History." History News, 56:4 (2001): 5-9.