We’ve talked a lot about apps and how they work. But now I think it’s time to take the whole idea back to their roots, the creators. Who created these apps? For what purpose?
When you read information regardless of whether it is in a museum display, on a blog or in an app, do you take that information at face value? Do you assume that because it is written by an unknown (or known) professional that the information is right? That this information shouldn’t be challenged?
The things is, now that we are in the digital age it has become easier than ever before for people to be involved in creating/editing and interpreting archaeological data. Anyone can start a blog, anyone can and will alter data. But is a non-professional’s interpretation and representation of data more or less valid than that of a professional?
Who is a professional? Is it someone with a degree? Someone who has a deep passion for a particular subject? Am I professional for writing this blog? Are you reading this the professional?
When you open an app or look round a museum you should keep these questions in the back of your mind. Often apps will not say at the bottom who wrote the information. But it has the authority of being written by the ‘unknown professional’.
I want to challenge you to look at apps critically, to think about what is being presented. Should you take it at face value?