I have trouble working up much interest or empathy in this intramural tiff. From the evidence supplied by twitter over the years, the older and younger generation of academic historians, both the social media literate and the prehistoric, are united in their disdainI have not read Hess’s article yet. It summarizes survey results with commentary by some historians.
I see a lot of younger historians using social media quite a bit, so there may be a generational divide between digital natives and the over-50 set.
Some of the best known under-50 historians Tweet, and use Facebook to communicate with each other and the interested public. A smaller number blog. A few make podcasts, though this number seems to be increasing.
Old guys like Gary Gallagher and Guelzo have been pretty constant critics of academics getting deeply involved in social media.
for the participants in civilwartalk.com.