Doppelganger May 30, 2008Posted by Will Thomas in Uncategorized.
Tags: Will Thomas (Nebraska)
I admit it, I Google myself from time to time. Mostly, I want to see how visible I am on the internet, since William Thomas isn’t the most Google-able name in all the world. The last time I did so, I ran across a weird coincidence. Apparently there’s a history professor at the University of Nebraska named Will Thomas (William G. Thomas III, to be precise; on my end, I’m G. William Thomas (the original)), who studies 19th century American history and had a strong interest in new ways in which humanities scholarship can take advantage of the internet. He has a good blog called Roots of Modern America, mostly on the railroads; and a couple of other online projects, one also part of his railroads project. He even looks a little bit like an older version of me:
That’s him above, and below, for those of you who don’t know me, is a picture taken of me last weekend at a Washington Nationals game.
I only post this because I encourage you to take a look at some of his online work. The internet is undoubtedly going to transform how we publish and communicate historical work (aside from novel applications, I firmly believe that any work that would retail for more than $40-50 should have a free internet version–if it’s not commercially viable, make it available to everyone) so we should be comparing notes.