History as Echo: Entertainment Historiography from Shakespeare to HBO’s Game of Thrones
As twenty-first-century Western subjects, we live with history breathing down our necks. Traveling at light speed through numerous channels (24-hour news media, high-speed Internet, and numerous pervasive social media outlets), local and global events arrive for consumption almost coincident with their occurrence. Knowledge has become a commodity with a new luster, a sheen lent by information’s velocity or who is ‘in the know’ first — a superiority aptly demonstrated by the refrain found in AT&T’s 2011 ad campaign for their 4G smartphone: ‘that’s so twelve seconds ago.’ Quickly ingested and discarded, history moves closer and closer to experience itself, as, in the digital era, the present is always-already on the verge of the past.
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