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#hist5702x unessays, winter 2014

Shawn Graham, Author

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Augmenting the Artefact: Doing Digital History in the Open

Jesse ascends the podium, adjusts his papers, checks to make sure the powerpoint projector is working, looks up at the audience, and smiles...

"I’m going to start this presentation a little differently than most. I would like us to go through a little imaginative exercise, and I hope you’ll humour me. It’s something I’ve never tried before, but since I have a captive audience before me, now seemed like a pretty good time to give it a shot.

Close your eyes.

Imagine yourself standing in an open parking lot. A few trees litter the horizon, and you can just barely make out the shape of some industrial buildings in the distance. There is a light powder of snow drifting across the concrete where
you stand. Someone has gathered it into heaps in the corners of the parking lot. Strangely, there are no cars here. Only the large, unremarkable building in front of you. Walk towards it..."

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