The Relevance of History in a Digitalised World
Matthew J. Smith
Historical discoveries are powerful and alter our understanding of the past. They illuminate aspects of a time we thought we knew and compel us to reconsider that knowledge. That is what excites students of history most: when we realise that there is always so much more to understand about our past. But discovery in history comes in different forms. Today, the drift of students from history is said to be the result of a variety of factors. Repeated arguments of irrelevance, inconsequentiality, unemployability. The problem with these views is that they betray a sense of complacency, as if the discoveries of the past are finite and exhaustible. History degree programmes at Mona now incorporate new technologies into their learning methods, still, digital information is meant to be supplementary. History and its promise of discovery is more relevant than ever.