Ironically enough, this article was written in response to Sonya’s article. The author resonated with Hurley’s article because he is also working on a digital project. What is awesome, is this article reinforces a lot of the themes we have been discussing. Primarily our discussion this evening about knowing your demographic. Furthermore, Hochfelder highlighted the importance of making our audiences feel relevant. Doing “cool” academic, and even public historian-ish activities, can often times repel our audiences.
While he and Hurley both make valid points, I wonder if museums should do those cool innovative things. Museums have been behind the technology race lately. Should museums be taking larger risks in technology that might make some visitors feel left out? Or should we stick to safer technological outlets?