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As I often say to writers, here at The Magazine ANTIQUES we are in the business of telling stories, the more vivid and engaging the better. Readers—present company excluded, of course—are as slippery as greased eels, and we don’t want to lose their attention.
Towards that end, we are always looking for new ways to tell our stories, and the mixed blessing that is the Digital Age offers many. We hope you already visit our website, follow us on Instagram and other social media platforms, and listen to our podcast, Curious Objects. But aside from a few clips from live events, there was one communications medium we hadn’t tried: video.
Until now. Our last issue included a preview for our new #TMAexplains series on YouTube, and by the time you read this six of our videos will be available for viewing. (By the way, if you are unfamiliar with the conventions of social media—and, speaking as an Internet curmudgeon, I understand—all you need to know about the # symbol, or hashtag, is that it is an attention-getting device.) I recommend that you take a look via our website or via YouTube, and subscribe to our channel there (that’s important for web algorithmic voodoo reasons, and it’s free, no strings attached, and only requires a click).
“Explainer” videos that can tell you all about, say, the War of Spanish Succession or how to grow cucumbers, are a staple of the Internet. Our videos could be better described as “contextualizers.” For example, one video looks at recent films and TV shows set in the nineteenth century such as Emma and Little Women and demonstrates that, contrary to received wisdom, the rooms and clothing of the