The two readings, “The Digital Humanities and Humanities Computing: An Introduction” by Susan Schreibman, Ray Siements, and John Unsworth and “A History of Humanities Computing” by Susan Hockey both show the development of the Digital Humanities, how it has changed in recent years, and the differing explanations of what it is. One piece of information that I thought was especially interesting and reflective of my thoughts of what the Digital Humanities was written in the conclusion section in the article by Susan Hockey:
“Throughout its history, humanities computing has shown a healthy appetite for imagination and innovation while continuing to maintain high scholarly standards” (Hockey).
I thought this statement was interesting because it shows that the Digital Humanities reformats old, scholarly materials and makes them applicable to the needs of learning styles in modern day societies. To me, Digital Humanities means updating old, scholarly information and making it more relevant to people in the modern world that are accustomed to brief, concise information styles, such as bullet points.
The article, “The Digital Humanities and Humanities Computing: An Introduction” by Schrreibman, Siements, Unsworth, was not as interesting for me to read as the article by Susan Hockey. I think the major reason that I preferred Hockey’s argument was because her article related more to my beliefs on the subject—a way to update the humanities, rather than a research based database. I think the Digital Humanities is a topic/subject matter that allows people to update the humanities and make them more applicable/appealing to the needs of the learning styles in modern societies today. I think that learners today are become more visual and kinesthetic; as a society, we often have access to short, concise information paired with graphics. Since the access to the information is so readily available, people have become more accustomed to these styles of communication and therefore are more likely to accept/understand material that is presented in these formats.
Overall, I think the two articles represent various ideas about what exactly the Digital Humanities is and provides a history—although very brief because the topic is a new addition to the humanities—about how it became to be a subject in the humanities/how it came about.
I found this image online and though it related well to the information and means of communication that we have been talking about it class because it applies the use of twitter to an image, but all of the information relates to scholarly, technological topics. It is a “random word cloud generated using the tweets from Day 2 of the Digital Humanities Conference in Sheffield” (Tumblr).