06 October 2008

A Blow Against Ignorance

Kevin Levin recently stated on his Civil War blog that:

". . . the battle for Civil War memory or how we approach the history will be won or lost in cyberspace - including blogs, listservs, message boards, etc. - and not in books, conferences and other traditional forms of public outreach." (I discussed some of his recent remarks here.)

While I don't believe that to be completely true, I do agree cyberspace's influence will play a large and significant role. But books and other traditional forms will continue to play a major role in this "battle" as well. Of course, these various mediums also often work in concert. For example, I recently wrote a piece about Francis Scott Key, his grandson, and our national anthem for the Washington Times. A retired U.S. Navy chaplain read that print edition and then shared it with folks online and then sent me this kind email:

Mr. Williams- I read your piece in the Washington Times yesterday and I thank you very much for it. I sometimes post on blogs on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation web site, my mission being to correct some of the more egregious errors regarding politics and government here. For example, one Canadian was up in arms wondering "how can the Senate take up a bill that was rejected by Congress?" One blogger was writing that the Star Spangled Banner was written by a socialist that Republicans would certainly reject. Your article was a great help in setting him straight.

Many thanks,

Gil Gibson Commander, Chaplain Corps, US Navy (Retired)

And many thanks to you Chaplain Gibson for making a blow against ignorance.

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