The mature DH project that I evaluated was Looking for Whitman: The Poetry of Place in the Life and Work of Walt Whitman. You can view my presentations here:
What I liked about my presentation is that I included background information about Walt Whitman specifically for the class. I mentioned during my presentation that it was not included on the website, it was just meant to help them understand why four universities/colleges would want to make a website revolving around him. I think I did a really good job with the weaknesses and strengths. I know people generally start with the strengths but I found more weaknesses than strengths but I still wanted to end on a positive note rather then seem like I was bashing the project. I wish I would have included screenshots of the actual website but at the time I thought they were all bland. I am glad I picked this project I feel like I really connected with it. The students put a lot of effort into their work and though many of the links were dead, many of the tabs were repetitive, the posts on the main page were dated, and the project was dropped when they graduated they still worked hard on it while they could.
I really liked the Slave Voyage Project. I feel like this is really DH because it is history, of our country, but turned digital. That is the very essence of DH. On the main page you can pinpoint countries and it tells you their history revolving around slavery. Its incredibly interactive and informational.
I found a really interesting paper on how teens use and feel about social media. The full report can be downloaded from this page as well. A group of teens between 13 and 17 were surveyed and asked a handful of questions. The most interesting one I thought was ‘Does it (Social media) make them feel more connected or more isolated?’ Another question was ‘Better about themselves, or more depressed and lonely?’ I have seen studies before where they explored the emotional damage things like Facebook can do. Many teens felt bullied because of social media but bullying was not the only problem. A lot of people feel left out because of social media. You see all your peers posting pictures and hanging out and you aren’t with them you can feel bad about yourself. Which is why I thought this paper was interesting because it explores the more left out side rather than the bullied side.
I read the article “Tweet, Tweet, Retweet: Conversational Aspects of Retweeting on Twitter” by Danah Boyd, Scott Golder, and Gilad Lotan. Twitter was released July of 2006 and you can only use 140 characters to send your message. Though it is like text messaging in that sense it differs because the whole world has the potential to see it. It is a microblogging site. You can post your opinions and people can ‘comment’ on it by tweeting at one another. Sometimes I use Twitter to talk to my friends, I tweet at them specifically if I find something funny to show them or if I just want to say hi. which I can easily do over text but Twitter is more fun. Twitter differs from other social networking sites in the sense that you can follow someone but they don’t have to follow you. On Facebook if someone’s profile is private you can’t view it unless you are friends. You can view their profile and they can view your’s, it is an equal partnership. However, with Twitter you are able to see someone’s Tweets when you follow them. They do not have to accept your request, unless they change their settings, its automatic but it does not have to reciprocal. The article expresses the importance of retweeting. There are many different purposes for retweeting, I retweet funny facts or things comedians say that remind me of my friends. The article uses the example is retweeting for social action. I follow One Tree Hill star Sophia Bush on Twitter and she is a huge activist. For example in the recent Sandy crisis she tweeted and retweeted about ways to help the victims. She constantly tweets about politics and major issues in the world. People can retweet things until it trends and becomes a popular topic. People can ask to be retweeted to get their cause out there and known. By retweeting people can be in a conversation in not even say anything. I am a huge fan of tweeting, it really can change the world. Is has profoundly affected the presidential election this year among various other things.