Making Digital History Relevant

The rise and popularity of podcasts distinguishes itself as more of an organic conversation rather than a scripted event. This helps build interest in the subject of history because many topics are often seen as static issues, and opens the conversation to different perspectives. There is also an interactive aspect to the podcasts, which allows the audience to feel incorporated and have a part in the conversation, which again allows it to grow and change. We may see a time where some podcasts will be as relevant and important as many printed articles.

The ease of creating a podcast is another advantage that they present. Anyone who has a computer, microphone, and curiosity about a subject can create a podcast. The inclusion aspect of podcasts makes it more accessible for different people and different interests, something that academics are sometimes limited in exploring (or presenting). Since books and articles are printed, the conversation is mostly reactionary to the material, while podcasts are constantly changing and evolving to both the creators and audiences’ interests, which keeps them very relevant and interesting.

The incorporation and discussion of current events is another important aspect that podcasts contribute. Changes in the news can be discussed and reviewed on an almost daily basis, along with contributions from different perspectives.

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