The making of history: remediating historicised experience

Tredinnick, Luke (2013) The making of history: remediating historicised experience. In: History in the Digital Age. Routledge, London, pp. 39-60. ISBN 9780415666978


The Making of History explores ideas about the historicised past that emerges in the digital age. It argues that one consequence of our use of media and communications technologies is the tendency for history to become a cultural artefact that is self-consciously manufactured through individual and collective participation in an already historicised present, and consumed in an ongoing historicised moment. The Making of History explores this change to the status of history in the digital age by discussing three historical moments in the last one hundred years: the theft of the Mona Lisa, the death of Princess Diana, and the attack on the World Trade Centre. These moments chart the rapid transformations of the information age, but they also chart the ways in which the historicised past has infiltrated and colonised the present.

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