We pick up our story two years ago after a conversation with a good friend about this great program out of GMU that incorporates History and New Media. I had been contemplating getting back into school to pursue a degree that would (hopefully) lead to a PhD. in Cultural and Media Studies. The daunting thing, I was not a History major. I was an English major and how we approach, think, write and breathe is vastly different from historians. It is a daily struggle to think more in terms of a historian rather than a breezy, hippie English major.
My interest in culture and media started with the best babysitter I ever had- the t.v. Television was present in how I did homework, school projects, and when I practiced my trumpet or french horn. I could tell you the t.v. schedules for every night of the week from 1983 through 1991. From the first guitar chords of MTV in August of 1981 and the world premiere of “Thriller” to the assassination attempt on President Reagan, the Challenger disaster and 9/11 my t.v. has always been on. When I was not watching the t.v. I was in a movie theater or playing music at your local theme park, community band or small orchestra.
I have always been aware of and interested in how these things inform our world and who we are and how we interpret them. I am excited to engage in the study of History through digital storytelling to further examine and think about these connections.