Newman Studies Journal

Volume 12, Issue 2, Fall 2015

Mary Jo Dorsey
Pages 101-106

Newman a Tweeter? Social Media and the Victorian Age: Personal Reflections Gained from the Digitization Project

This essay is a reflection of the time I have spent working with Cardinal Newman’s archive at the Birmingham Oratory. I have had a chance to stop and carefully read his letters and diaries and to see Newman as a communicator extraordinaire! I suspect that the Cardinal would have had great command of today’s social media and communications technology. His laity could have been a wider and larger audience on a virtual level. Might this be an opportunity for a sociological comparison of the great writers and speakers of an earlier time with those of us in today’s media-rich world? With whom else might Newman have interacted? We may never know with certainty, but it would be fun to imagine.