Weekend Work 11-17-14: New Links, Lots of Skin (Sorta NSFW), & Comment Blocking

Why are history people notoriously bad with deadlines? Maybe it’s because we think of everything in decades and centuries. Or it’s because we’re too busy reading and too timid to write anything. Or because some of the calendars we use are a little dated.

According to this extremely accurate calendar it's only been four weeks, not four months, since our last weekend work post.

According to this extremely accurate calendar it’s only been four weeks, not four months, since our last weekend work post.

The truth is we have been very busy reading. Fortunately, since the Hysterical Society doesn’t have a board, or funders, or meetings of any kind deadlines are dead to us. It’s a great way to work. We can’t recommend it enough.

Amongst the many pieces we’ve found during our various researches are the Captioned Adventures of George Washington, Duggoons (artoons), and People Behaving Appropriately in Art Museums. You can find these and many, many more on our Links page. As always if you have an addition to our links please feel free to email us at thgray at yahoo dot com.

It seems art has been very inspirational lately. First, in honor of his 62nd birthday, twelve classically-inspired scenes were created showing Vladimir Putin as Hercules facing the challenges of the modern world. Hercules, as you may know, died from a poisoned shirt, which might explain why Putin prefers this look

Secondly, inspired by Kim Kardashian’s latest pictorial, the Metropolitan Museum tweeted their own attempt to break the internet using prehistoric art.

Who do you think was more successful?

 

Lastly, we wanted to share a very personal story. Since the Internet is a haven for free speech and open sharing, we at the Hysterical Society spend time displaying some of our collection in the comments sections of relevant posts on other blogs. As you might expect (but we never do) some bloggers don’t appreciate our work. A few have even  deleted or rejected our submission. This happened again recently on The Junto, a group blog made up of junior early Americanists who really want to be senior early Americanists. They posted an overview of one member’s attempts to establish a public history program at the University of New Hampshire. We shared the following text and item from our collection in their comments field:

We feel that before establishing a new history, public history, museum studies program, or the the like, all concerned should read the following:

https://peabodyslament.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/we-are-not-an-endangered-species/

Our comment was published and then unceremoniously deleted. We don’t understand why. It’s not as if we said the world doesn’t need more public history programs, or that public history is more concerned with theories on connecting the public to history than actually doing it, or that public history people are so self-obsessed they can’t but help work the words “public history” into every conversation they have. We didn’t say any of that. Even though it’s all true.

So much for an open and free exchange of ideas.

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About T.H. Gray

T.H. Gray is the self-appointed court jester and Dr. Demento for the history museum field. A lifelong museum professional and reenactor, he is a graduate of the prestigious Peale-Barnum Public History Museum Studies Program. Until 2011, when the AHS hired him away, he was on staff at the Benjamin Dover Memorial Museum & Swimming Pool ("Our History is All Wet!"). He remembers when museums were still about history, science, and art. BTW, all of these posts say they are by T.H. Gray because he can't turn off the byline. Credit, when due, is given. View all posts by T.H. Gray

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