I like watching documentaries. Recently I watched one about the Beatles and one about the Kennedy assassination regarding theories about how many bullets/shooters, etc. I lived through Beatlemania and remember the Kennedy assassination. In the 60s, film was expensive and movie cameras awkward so the number of sources is somewhat limited.If the internet is our recorded history, we need to play our part in sharing our memories. Click To Tweet
It was fascinating to me that in the Kennedy documentary, home movies taken on the day of the assassination have been enhanced to glean clues about what actually happened. Imagine if the same event had happened today – the number of videos recorded on smart phones and cameras would be in the thousands and virtually every angle would be covered.
My question is: would that have made the solution to the crime and its perpetrators any more conclusive? My answer is: I don’t think so. The plethora of video available would make analysis difficult and camera positions almost impossible to ascertain.
And that leads me to the historians of tomorrow. How will they access and manage to sift through the endless records of real time pictures, videos, tweets, etc. of world events to find the truth and objectivity they seek in recording history? We all know that human memory is flawed but is the twitterverse going to replace recollection, observation and judgement?
In large part our memories will be shaped by Wikipedia, the various search engine algorithms and not on professional historians. I am not sure whether this is good news or bad but I do know it matters. If the internet is to become our recorded history, we had all better play our part in sharing our memories.