13 Jul, 2020
Have you ever imagined that, at some point, stories could be told in a different way, not only limited to textbooks, orality and traditional methods?
Well, in this article, we'll look a little at the different ways of telling stories, and we'll analyze the relationship between time and history.
There are many methods for organizing information and storytelling, but in this text we will focus on timelines: a method that is not so recent, but which has evolved as digital tools, capable of providing this experience in the virtual environment, emerge. This is the case of Timelinefy, which we will present throughout this article.
In this text, we will try to present a brief summary about the company, which, through the tool, seeks to rethink the methods of presenting history and organizing information over time. We will see some works already developed by the platform and currently available to the public for interaction and knowledge.
Timelinefy works with a skill that has been developed for years: the development of timelines. Through the tool, the information and the stories told can be presented with the use of audios, images and videos, making the content of the timelines resume in rich detail and in a dynamic and interactive way.
History vs. time: understanding the relationship
Discussing the relationship between time and history can be difficult. Time, even though it is something abstract in our experience, also occurs as something extremely fixed in some cultures, as is the example of Christian culture in the world, with the temporal reference to the period Before Christ (BC) or After Christ (DC).
This temporal chronology is based on a Christian society structured on a belief and a symbol that marks "the origin of everything" or the "landmark in universal history". However, countless people and cultures follow other forms of temporal reference, according to their specific ways of counting time.
Mayan calendars are good examples of what we know as traditional calendars.
But what is the history of the calendar that western culture established as the main one? Research shows that the first calendar appeared in Mesopotamia, around 2700 BC, probably among the Sumerians (inhabitants or natural people of Sumer, southern Mesopotamia, where Iraq is currently located) and improved by the Chaldeans (Semitic peoples of southern Mesopotamia who lived on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River). The calendar had 12 lunar months (like the Sun-Earth-Moon system), of 29 or 30 days, and served as a basis for the one adopted by the Jews.
Do you realize that when we talk about time, we automatically mention occurrences in the past? In addition, we are aware that, even something said or a small action, can already be considered part of the past after a few seconds, thus being able to compose the story.
Resuming the story is something simple, because when we do this, we take history as a coherent and flawless movement, however, we must emphasize that history is something performed by man and all actions, thoughts and even human language is flawed. Therefore, the chance of forgetfulness is real and needs to be considered.
Time and history go together, as we have seen. There are different interpretations regarding the counting of time, which may vary according to the culture of a people, but all historical events unfold in a temporal context. How, then, is it possible to organize historical facts over time? That's what we'll see next with Timelinefy.
Timelinefy: the tool that tells stories with timelines
As already said, stories can be told and viewed in different ways, regardless of the path we take. But to understand it, it will always be necessary to relate it to time.
Based on this relationship between time and history, Timelinefy proposes the visualization of history and the organization of information through timelines. In this way, it is possible to organize content, whether it be a story or information about a certain theme, chronologically and dynamically.
Through the tool it is possible to create interactive timelines, using media that enrich the content, such as images and videos, mentioned above.
Imagine the study of wars, in the traditional model, books and orality. It can be complex to understand how different wars are related. When thinking about literary works, it is possible to understand what the work is about, but understanding the historical context in which it was created and being able to analyze to what extent the scenario of the time influenced its construction can be something more challenging.
So having an efficient method capable of organizing this information chronologically, as is the case with timelines, makes a lot of difference. In addition, in the case of Timelinefy, the experience is also interactive!
5 different stories told with Timelinefy
As already presented, the Timelinefy tool has some stories already available for access. On these timeline stories, it is possible to find a little bit of the beginning of each subject, current discussions, pertinent arguments, photos, videos, links, among other materials.
By exploring the site, you are able to see the main tags and events in a story, and then select some story to follow in a timeline.
In a very dynamic way, Timelinefy is able to narrate, through the timelines, several stories such as: the publication of literary works, wars, discoveries in medicine, catastrophes, among others.
A subject that has been much discussed today is the global pandemic of Covid-19. Several articles and news circulate around the world. But what to do to organize all the information and news about the pandemic?
Timelinefy provides an exclusive timeline on the subject. It is possible to follow the events over the months, the numbers of victims, the mandatory closings, and the initial context that gave rise to the pandemic.
Still on Covid-19, you can also find a timeline that contextualizes the impact of the pandemic on the art market, more specifically museums, which were forced to close their doors. In the timeline, it is possible to follow how art has been approaching technology at this moment, since some of the museums are re-signifying the importance of physical visitors and turning to virtual access, allowing even more accessible knowledge for people. Click here to access the Museums and Covid-19 timeline.
On this timeline, you will find the history of the video game in an expository way, presenting several games from the 70s to the recent years.
During the points in the timeline there are several brands of games, or better, game devices that can be collectible, currently, or even considered historical, having marked decades of history.
Some of the games mentioned are still in commercial circulation today, while others remain only in the memories of the lovers of the gamer world.
One of the most enriching historical timelines is the “Formation of the contemporary world”. In this timeline, extremely important images and videos are available for the understanding of history.
The timeline extends from 1800 to the mid-1988s. In all these years, the different Brazilian Constitutions are discussed, as well as some economic, political and cultural aspects of society and countless conflicts, such as: wars, clashes, persecutions and political regimes.
One of the events present in the “Formation of the contemporary world” is the story of a famous shipwreck: the Titanic. The sinking of the RMS Titanic took place between the night of April 14 and the morning of April 15, 1912 in the North Atlantic, four days after the inaugural voyage of the ship that left Southampton for New York City began.
The largest passenger ship in service at the time, the Titanic had an estimated 2,224 people on board when it hit an iceberg around 11:40 pm (ship time) on Sunday, April 14, 1912. The sinking took place two hours and forty minutes then, at 02:20 (05:18 GMT) on Monday, April 15, resulting in the death of more than 1,500 people, making it one of the deadliest maritime disasters. Access and check out other interesting facts like this.
William Shakespeare was the son of John Shakespeare, a successful councilman and glover (glove maker) originally from Snitterfield, and Mary Arden, the daughter of a wealthy farmer. He was born in Stratford-upon-Avon and was baptized on April 26, 1564. His actual date of birth remains unknown, but it is traditionally observed on April 23, St. George's Day.
This date, which can be attributed to an error made by an 18th century scholar, proved to be attractive to biographers, because Shakespeare died on the same date in 1616. He was the third of eight children and the oldest surviving son.
William Shakespeare's timeline depicts the life of the famous Elizabethan playwright. The lines come down from Shakespeare's initial biography to his death. Along this timeline, you will find subjects such as: “When did he start working with tragedies”, “When did he start working with comedy”, summarizing the entire path of Shakespeare's career until his consecration in theater and literature, through his poems and his works.
Did you see how Timelinefy can be a useful tool to learn about different stories? From that text, you were able to go a little deeper into the relationships of time and history.
Access and explore more Timelinefy, so you will be able to develop your own story in a simple and practical way. There you can also explore other subjects, in addition to those already presented in this article.
As we have seen in the timeline on Museums and Covid-19, some museums have been adhering to the use of digital tools to enable visitor access during the pandemic. Such artistic and historical institutions felt obliged to adopt, as soon as possible, measures that “replaced” these physical visits.
By allowing yourself this experience inside your home you will realize that history can be accessed anywhere and at any time: all you need is an internet connection. Such technologies are not limited to erasing or ending the traditional ways of telling the story, but rather expanding the ways in which the story is told.