Today’s What We’re Reading features a critical look at the state of history museums, a new history video game, tips for negotiating an academic job offer, the rapidly rotting Million Dollar Homepage, and much more!
An insightful reflection on why debates about “public intellectuals” often generate more heat than light.
New York Times museum critic Edward Rothstein offers a pessimistic assessment of the state of history museums and the effect of “revisionist history” on the way museums portray the past.
From the developer’s description of the new video game Betrayer: “The year is 1604. You sailed from England expecting to join a struggling colony on the coast of Virginia. Instead, you find only ghosts and mysteries.” And plenty of things to shoot at, of course.
In Roll Call, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan defend the 1906 Antiquities Act, which allowed presidents to streamline the creation of national parks and which is now facing criticism and possible revision by Congress. The National Trust for Historic Preservation is calling for action.
The story of a British soldier who was asked to form a private army in 1969 in the United Arab Emirates.
The Chronicle of Higher Education blog provides advice on negotiating an academic job offer.
Chase F. Robinson, president of the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, explains how a public university recruits top faculty.
Tenured Radical discusses online civility and poignantly asks readers, “Why aren’t we being proactive, and crafting the academic web that we want to see?”
Is PowerPoint a “straightjacket on discussion”? A “glass barrier” between speaker and audience? A revolt against the software is brewing in among some of its heaviest users, according to NPR.
In the New York Times, Danny Heitman uses just over 1,000 words to explain why you shouldn’t use so many words.
Exhibitions and Digital Projects
Curated by Christiane Gruber and Nama Khalil, this exhibit is a collaboration with the Arab American National Museum.
Public History Commons reports on digital projects showcased during the lightning round at the recent National Council on Public History conference.
An impressive attempt to use visualization to compare human eyesight with that of other animals, including cats, bees, snakes, and more.
Fun and Off-Beat
What is link rot? David Yanofsky discusses this and the current state of the former viral sensation, Million Dollar Homepage.