Website Review: ORBIS ORBIS, the Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World, is a digital humanities project designed in collaboration by classicist Walter Scheidel and information technology specialist Elijah Meeks at Stanford University. It’s an interactive historical simulator for the Roman Empire in 200 CE – plug in any two given cities in the Roman Empire, and it will […]

Signal and Noise

“Is Google Making Us Stupid?” asks Nicholas Carr. According to his article for The Atlantic, Google is changing the way we think. In other words, we are not only “what we read” but “how we read,” and the immediate gratification of Google is making close-reading a more difficult task. I think there’s a grain of […]

The Wisdom of Crowds and the Promise of the Internet

In the history of democracy, places like a Greek agora, a French salon, or a British coffee house served as spaces where non-ruling citizens could openly exchange ideas. The spaces formed what Jürgen Habermas called the “public sphere,” where people from different social and economic backgrounds could openly discuss ideas. In theory, the public sphere […]

Introduction: James

My name is James and I’m a fourth-year history specialist. I enrolled in this seminar because we’re dealing with the challenges of living in an age of information. I don’t know much about coding beyond a little experience with WordPress. I have pretty broad historical interests, but I’m especially interested in British, German, and Chinese […]