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I have to admit it: I sometimes think historicizing has become a little overrated. At the same time, though, we all have access to over 20 years of academic discussion in H-AMSTDY’s Discussion Logs (and all the other H-Net logs, too) so we may as well use it to see if we can glean any perspective on today’s issues.
Read Richard John's book, "Network Nation: Inventing American Telecommunications." John is at Columbia University and is usually quite willing to help people out with questions.
You can also contact me if you like, firstname.lastname@example.org - curator at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.
At the start of this discussion I had many questions about how to categorize blogs on the list, and for a while I was thinking my questions had changed (as most early research questions do). But late in the discussion “groups blogs” and “e-magazines” have come up, though in reference to difference websites. I’ve been thinking they really are the same thing. Some people have given good reasons why they are valuable: the synergy around the subject, the multiple points of view. I think there’s also something about them that aesthetically and psychologically resembles journals.
and Arthur Asa Berger's Bloom's Morning might be interesting.
It's an humble attempt to rewrite Barthes's Mythologies in a relatively more contemporary context.
I would suggest Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things. It's an old book but fun to read and informative as well.
hope it helps.
smithsonian.com has an Artifact of the Week thing--I've written a couple of articles (http://www.smithsonianmag.com/author/jennifer-le-zotte/). I focus on clothing, but other articles do the same with non-wearable objects, too.
I am looking for articles and books which study the interrelation of childhood and (European and Asian, esp. US American) imperialism, ideally from popular cultural and cultural geographical perspectives to update the Literature Review of my forthcoming first-book From Amoy to Zanesville: American Children and World Geography at the Turn pf the Twentieth Century.
Thank you so much for the suggestions!
Regards from Germany,
BGHS, Bielefeld University