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Sport History in the Digital Era$
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Gary Osmond and Murray G. Phillips

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038938

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038938.001.0001

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Digital History Flexes its Muscle

Digital History Flexes its Muscle

(p.251) Conclusion Digital History Flexes its Muscle
Sport History in the Digital Era

Murray G. Phillips

Gary Osmond

University of Illinois Press

This concluding chapter discusses the potentially far-reaching impact of the intersection between history and the digital era. An important consequence of this discussion is the encouragement of experimentation in history making. Digital history, at its maximalist end, engages with the practice of experimentation by denaturalizing every dimension of traditional history: the dominance of qualitative research, traditional source materials, the practice of sole authoring, one-way scholarly communication, peer review, filter-then-publish models, linear narratives, intellectual property, and the viability of the monograph as the gold-standard, professionally approved, artifact. In these ways, “the digital does provide us with an important opportunity to explore the possibilities of reconsidering and reformulating the practice and value of history to contemporary society.”

Keywords:   digital era, history making, digital history, sole authoring, linear narratives, intellectual property, monograph

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