Want to talk about abolitionists? As an historian interviewed for the film, I'd be happy to tweet! #AmericanExperience @amexperiencepbs
— Caleb McDaniel (@wcaleb) January 9, 2013
Let's take a minute and think about the increasing accessibility of history, sources, and in this case, historians. For interested parties wanting to learn more, they had/have an opportunity to interact with an involved party from the show, a historian. PBS has always been good about providing materials to accompany its airings (educator resources, clips for reviewing, etc). Communicating with the historian via Twitter is a relatively new (and huge) resource. Having a historian jump in while the conversation was happening on Twitter is also huge. Differing social media types allow for the democratization of history- you don't have to be a student or academic to talk to a professor knowledgeable about a subject that aired on public television. You can just tweet at him (or her).
And I think that's pretty darn neat.