Friday, April 06, 2007

Insular digital history

Responding to our invitation to link to the CPRR Museum website, a digital history graduate student participating in a project to create a website "intended for teachers/students to use as an Internet resource to learn about American history" writes:
We are trying to avoid linking to outside sources, and instead are trying to create an internal database.


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

We are surprised by your comments – our history website, has many thousands of external links. Our differing perspective – which we hope you will discuss with your digital history colleagues – is that an attempt "to avoid linking to outside sources" reflects a fundamental misunderstanding that misses the entire point of the internet and seriously devalues a project.

As first explained by Metcalfe (who invented ethernet), the value of a network grows as the square of the number of nodes.

4/06/2007 2:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The person that wrote this comment, evidently a Junior College teacher, is perhaps unaware, to his/her detriment, of the old saying "In the Valley of the Blind, the One Eyed Man is King". While those of us that follow the Magic Carpet that has Steel Wheels, as its history unfolds on these pages, know that there is 'stuff' yet to be found, well, we ARE the one-eyed man, and to fail to recognize the goodies discovered here daily is a sure sign of ignorance. May his/her ashes rest in peace. gjg

4/08/2007 5:14 PM  

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