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Re: Paul Allen's Personal Museum

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  • s100doctor
    ... Bill makes a kind of point that I kind of agree with. A more general point I d make that Bill may agree with, is that there s a number of disconnects
    Message 1 of 2 , Aug 30, 2011
      --- In midatlanticretro@yahoogroups.com, B Degnan <billdeg@...> wrote:
      > Technology historians try so
      > hard to separate themselves from the actual devices, it's kind of
      > funny. They must diligently defend and declare computer/tech history
      > as "just another history" in order to cover up their technical
      > shortcomings. Just pointing it out.
      > Bill

      Bill makes a kind of point that I kind of agree with. A more general point I'd make that Bill may agree with, is that there's a number of "disconnects" between academic historians and researchers of technology, and technologists who have their own collections, and museums of technology. In dealing with such folks, I find it very useful to know where their priorities are.

      One disconnect is between using the collection (please touch) and just showing it - (please don't touch). Another is the deep knowledge of the technology, as Bill pointed out. Another is "institutional" - museums have to fuss about buildings and funding and varying degrees of support from their communities (either local or academic); individuals support their own collections; academics have to produce "publishable" results in some discipline.

      I see such disconnects among the machine tool, tractor, and old-engine (steam, hit-n-miss, brand-name, etc.) collectors, dealers, and non-profit organizations. They are more numerous than corresponding computer groups, and decades older. But we have more in common with them than you might think.

      And there's always a "disconnect" between rich and not-rich. And few people want to upset the rich by questioning their motives or dedication. (shrug) Having monied interests is good and bad.

      I appreciate Bill calling these issues to attention.

      Herb Johnson
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