Whenever an article starts out with an Abstract, you just know it’s going to be a hefty read. Especially when it’s followed by an introduction, and then an outline of everything the author is going to accomplish. Pretty intimidating! And so began my read of Svensson’s ‘Landscape of Digital Humanities’.
For the most part, his writing style does seem very researched and carefully constructed. The other Manifesto’s are bold, condensed and basically boiled down to maybe 10 points (like the ones attached on D2L homepage). As packed as this research method is, I really enjoyed how well he was able to explain certain aspects of digital media, and how we are evolving with it, so well. It’s difficult to write about something when you are IN the midst of it’s swarming popularity, and still keep a clear and unbiased voice. I especially liked this quote:
“Some of this content is born-analogue and much of it is born-digital. Increasingly, but not necessarily, these expressions are media rich, polytextual and mixed. [Schnapp & Shanks 2009, 147] discuss “fungibility” — the gathering of many types of content (moving image, text, music, 3D-design, database, graphical detail, virtual walk-through etc.) into a single environment — as the core of digital mediation”
I like how he is explaining moving-image, text, design, and other elements of the digital humanities as the ‘core of digital mediation’. It creates a much more meaningful environment, and not just the crazy web that everyone visits everyday. I don’t know if this is necessarily a Manifesto, but I think Svensson convinces the reader of the dignity of the field of digital humanities, and that it’s becoming this shared, viral space of collaboration.