This article, published in the Public Historian, intersects nicely with out readings for this week about social media and technology in public history. The author, Andrew Hurley, writes about a project that had some major missteps using technology in public history. He cautions that it’s important to meet your audience and community needs where they are now, not where we we want them to be. I especially liked the quote: “It is worth asking whether the technology has improved public history’s capacity to achieve one of its central goals, the animation of enlightened civic activism.”
Undoubtedly, there are some major resources that public historians can use with technology. In the same respect, however, we need to be cognizant that we are still reaching audiences that may be underserved. How are we still reaching, and engaging with larger audiences using technology? By using technology, are we pushing away audiences? Some interesting points to consider.