[SIGCIS-Members] Apropos of our discussions on Isaacson and sourcing
mhicks1 at iit.edu
Sat Oct 11 13:22:31 PDT 2014
Apropos of our discussions on Isaacson, there's a story in the SF Chronicle today that discusses this trend of popularizing accounts of women in tech history.
I was glad to see Janet Abbate is quoted several times. I spoke to the reporter too, but unfortunately I am misquoted at one point as saying that the ENIAC women never wrote their own stories. Ugh. Oh well--just another cautionary tale about the circuitous path history takes from academia to popular culture. And a reminder that if you see someone quoted as saying something odd or incorrect, there's a good chance they didn't say it :)
Marie Hicks, Ph.D.
Asst. Professor, History of Technology
Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, IL USA
mariehicks.net | mhicks1 at iit.edu | @histoftech
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