[SIGCIS-Members] Fwd: question, re: Internet history and online genealogy
abbate at computer.org
Mon May 3 13:42:27 PDT 2010
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Begin forwarded message:
> From: Josh Tapper <josh.tapper at gmail.com>
> Date: April 30, 2010 2:48:42 PM EDT
> To: abbate at computer.org
> Subject: question, re: Internet history and online genealogy
> Dear Prof. Abbate,
> My name is Josh Tapper;; I'm a freelance journalist and student at
> the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in New York. For the
> past few months I've been reporting a story on the rise of
> mainstream, or popular, genealogy and what that means for the field
> at large. Ancestry.com, an online genealogy search engine and data
> compiler, is the world's most prominent source for genealogical
> research. Essentially, it controls how people do genealogy.
> Generally speaking, genealogy has been on the web for years. I've
> often heard that it's one of the most search topics. I've also
> heard that genealogy (and porn) was behind most Internet activity.
> I was hoping you might be able to comment on the historical
> relationship between genealogy and the Internet. If not, would you
> be able to recommend someone who might?
> Thank you very much,
> -Josh Tapper
> M.S. Magazine '10
> Columbia Graduate School of Journalism
Dr. Janet Abbate
Dept. of Science & Technology in Society
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