The Nature of Novel Events

The Nature of Novel Events

1. Digital history began in the 1990s when attempts to save information digitally began. And although our government loses digital information today digital history is how we use what we have. And the Library of Congress was actively looking for interns to archive information before the National Emergency so it is all relevant. Since the 1990s the role of the Liberian has changed because of the way we use information which is a major aspect of digital history, the way we use it that is as well as how it is created. Everyone wants academic articles to become free, when or if that happens the way JSTOR sorts them will change and in turn the way JSTOR is used will change which is what seems to be the nature of digital history (creating and using history digitally).

2. Some comments about ethics were about how students were taught to behave during verbal debates but not on blogs and how that went wrong. Apparently, a lot of people have behavioral issues concerning blogs, just read them. And as far as ethics goes, we are learning about it in every class. I wonder if it is because generations before us did not have ethics thoroughly laced into the curriculum and perhaps some people noticed.

3. On History Bizarre I found the entry by Matthew Wills “Blaming People for Getting Sick Has a Long History” as a relevant topic if not somewhat controversial. Earlier this summer I spoke with one of my neighbors who had absolutely no fear of the COVID-19 virus and I found this interesting because I have so much fear. After telling him how I verbally tell people in grocery stores to “please stay six feet away” he asked “are you really that scared?” as if to try and understand and I said “yes.” So before commenting further on this topic I wanted to point out that there are ways to have conversations that lead to understanding rather than further conflict even though there is disagreement. This article gives different views a voice. The anti-cognition or anti-COVID theory where people refuse to quarantine was where my neighbor stood. The cognition theory is where I stand and that means staying away from sick or potentially sick people. It’s personal, not political. I have high risk family members. Another viewpoint that people are responsible for their illnesses is called the atmospheric theory which asserts that people are responsible for their diseases. This sounds like a disease in itself if people think this way but it is a view held by others so it seems better to be aware of it.

The second entry, “Held Captive: Prisoners of War and Their Pets in Canada during the Second World War” also reminded me of how people are dealing with COVID, people are getting new pets. Apparently when humans have nothing else to do they get pets as this entry suggests prisoners did in the Second World War. And while breeding and keeping wild animals is probably not what I would see as favorable, it is still better than using excessive amounts of alcohol or sitting alone in a prison camp. Although revenue for ABC stores is unfortunately high some people are getting pets instead and hopefully like the prisoners in World War Two are taking an interest in training them. 



O’Hagan, Michael. “Held Captive: Prisoners of War and Their Pets in Canada during the Second World War.” NiCHE, May 27, 2020.

Wills, Matthew. “Blaming People for Getting Sick Has a Long History.”, June 15, 2020.


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