#OnTheBoundaryOfOpposites

Bethany Nowviskie provides an approach to DH that can seem unusual. At least it was to me. She speaks of limits to the Digital Humanities world. And here I thought of it as endless. She speaks of the new geological era we have no entered called the anthropocene. This era is describes how humans now have an influence over the geological part of our world. Nowviskie thinks about this I think in limitations of opposites. She describes old Greek baths as she is wading through the water the shallows and the depths of her own water. And listening to the article adds a new layer of chilling ominous but calming presence. As we are moving closer to everything being digitized she brings up this thought of how DH has to think in Macro and micros and if we look too deeply upon anything we cannot see. Or that something may not have been found. Here I was amateur DHer and I thinking this is all limitless we have all the internet and resources right at our fingertips. This, however, doesn’t seem to be true. We are constantly on the boundary of two opposite things. Seeing too much but also too far down one subject we lose sight of the Macro. How do we find balance of these opposites? We can, on one hand, choose to embrace life as whole or we can choose to embrace the many facets of death falling into the micro of it all. Embracing these limitations, or even just thinking about them, is overwhelming for me. We now have an influence over what we create and what is left and modified by us as humans. We are constantly on the border of getting it all but also losing it all. It is up to us to preserve but also alter the way we think. Who decides how big or small our boundary lines between these opposites? I think it depends on how we think of our influence on our world. But what does that mean necessarily the non-recycler and 3 hour shower-er has a thinner line because they are not thinking about their influence or the DHer in the back that researches on how to digitized manuscripts from an obscure play writer has a larger boundary line because they are preserving thoughts. I think that is the question we are no searching for whether digital or real. What has influence over humans? Who has influence? What can we doe to preserve what we still have but also change the way we think? How do we alter thinking to see everything not just the big picture and the little picture but to everything? We can see truly nothing if we look too close but cannot comprehend if we look too wide. DH can be a big world or a very small one. As with everything we think, say, or do. So many unanswered questions in this post!

 

 

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#RemixingAndRemediation

I think about adaptations and how nothing is truly original anymore and it all comes from a central source dating back hundreds of years. There are no new stories there are new films. Heck, all of the films are sequels or spinoffs of the original content anyway. I was looking a Disney movies and there is going to be a Toy Story 4? What? Also I saw 10 Cloverfield Lane this past weekend and although I had not actually seen the original Cloverfield movie I looked up the contents to get some information on the film. And apparently 10 Cloverfield Lane is a “spiritual successor” to the original film. Meaning that they live in the same dimension but they are completely unrelated stories. We have literally run out of sequels that now we make same universe films. (I’m looking at you Marvel Studios.) How does one capture the same aura of something that is remixed or remediated though? It is not a simple process. In order to remix something you need to capture the original aura of the thing being remixed or remediated. That’s why sequels can be a flop or a hit. When the audience senses that these are the same characters we have come to love we can quickly identify with them. But I wonder what someone who read the original Cinderella would think of the all the remediation of the same story. I have seen some awful reincarnations of that story. But they capture the essence of the film. In the Walter Benjamin piece, he describes the film as one of the most important forms of remediation and how we look at films that can transform a story. In order to do that we must understand the aura around the film. We have to replicate the same energy that the text represents. Now this is quite the task. I see things different then others see and that person may see something completely different. Remediation is difficult to achieve because of how other capture energy. Sorry this post is turning into more stream of consciousness rather than a coherent piece. But the ideas are still coming across well I hope. I like to dabble in remixing music or listen remixes of songs and, I am not good at it whatsoever, I try to keep the words and the message the same keep some of the same melodies and to make the song still relate to whoever is listening to it. I hate when something gets remixed and they through in some random beat and the words don’t match and it makes me want to vomit a little. In order to have a successful remix the aura has to be captured and redistributed within the same contents of the original. Now this can go one or two ways. Awful or great, with little grey area. How does one capture that without losing the original content? Do we always have to please whatever audience we are aiming toward? Is audience the most important piece in creating content? What is true content when it can be remixed and remediated?

#DHJournalReport

The journal that I looked at was Digital Scholarship in the Humanities. It seems like this journal is pretty accessible for everyone looking to learn about Digital Humanities and it’s many incarnations. Though I think there is some sort of subscription through a university that is necessary. That could be because of the connection through the Oxford University Press.  I thought this quote was interesting that I found on their about page, “ but not limited to, the field of what is currently called the Digital Humanities.” This seems to imply because of the constant changing nature of DH that this name may not last much longer. I thought that was interesting. Though their site is interesting their navigation and interface if pretty terrible to figure out.

This site was very hard for me to navigate. I didn’t even know if I was on the right website because it is part of the Oxford University Press website so find the main page of this website was pretty challenging for me. It’s pretty plain looking and seems like the site might still be under some development because there are only two volumes listed. This year only has one issue and it’s for April. The issues also start 30 and I couldn’t find the previous 29 very easily. I am thinking that it is an extension of an older journal? Although a feature I really liked is the latest and the “Most Read” section. Also that the articles have a data section where you can see how the people who have submitted go there information from. I think that’s something useful to tell us who is reading what and what is trending in the DH community on this website and how people got their information. This is part of the submission process.

The submission to this website it seems pretty simple it can be done online or a paper copy and it provides the necessary instructions to do so. If someone wanted to submit their work it would seem as though they set up a great way to get work into this journal.

Though the submission site is nice and provides a simple way to put the submissions out there. This site is not overwhelmingly appealing. It’s hard to navigate and is really blocky. However, this may appeal to more audiences because everything is large and pretty easily labeled. But I still think it’s a little difficult to navigate and even find the articles. It took some clicking around before I figured it out. But after all this clicking I found a good article that will help me in my future.

The article I chose was about how to teach in the online classroom. I want to be a teacher and I thought it was an important to look at the online classroom. This article discusses the many factors that influence the online classroom. And as we move more toward technology this is becoming more and more of a reality that the classroom is going digital or even partly digital and as this becomes more of a reality the more we need to look into information about how to make it successful.

 

#ContentWithContent

An idea that I thought over spring break was what content is truly ours anymore? Whenever I go on Facebook or Twitter someone has taken a popular video and edited it to match there style of content. Usually I see a white framing of a video that was taken from Twitter and originally from Vine. Or sometimes I’ll see a piece of content that is so heavily edited that you can’t even see the original content! What does that mean for DHers trying to post original but accessible content? Is anything truly ours anymore? I think this goes back to what we have talked about earlier. What happens to putting information out into the universe if it’s already been said and done? All of the unique experiences that we think are singular to us turns out someone has already posted about that same experience on Tumblr. I usually hit reblog without a second thought but now that I think about it deeper I feel as though our lives are already being lived by someone who has done it first. Even as I am watching a cartoon show right now they are showing a case where the idea of a viral video makes its way to the news and how it can spiral out of control so that everyone is stealing the original content idea. That frightens me but somewhat excites me as well. 

Luckily for us all of the content we could want is available digitally and we can do reader has or find a store or plan a trip used on the resources that someone has programmed for us. No more going to a public library to find that obscure article about TS Eliot’s “The Wasteland” a quick search and I can find it. No longer do we need physical maps when multiple applications can tell us where to go and how to get there.  And we can begin our own content creation or ideas around that.

 Where do we go from here? How do we continue to be happy with or content? How do we continue to make our own content? I think we can use content provided for us to develop our own and although not every single aspect of what we create may be brand new, we are still contributing to the knowledge already provided. 

In other news and something I’m really proud about. One of my favorite content providers Grace Helbig liked one of my tweets. I think she puts out unique content out of ordinary ideas. Her podcast is my favorite and she consistently works with cross content, usually social media favorites, and discusses about the Internet and being in the spotlight and how she can make her own content unique and special. I want my content to be unique to me even if it’s not the newest ideas or thoughts. I can still contribute.  

Check out her podcast Not Too Deep at nottoodeep.com and Grace Helbig on YouTube. Her newer podcasts have more content based like I talked about some of the older ones not so much. Check her out. #shamlessplug

 

#MapWrapUp

I was going to call this post #MapRap. Then I realized that it was not in my skill set in order to create a rap about maps.

I thought deeply about the Moretti reading and how he discusses maps. It made me think about the limiting ability of maps. I do agree though that there is an expansive world of maps that can be created. But maps I think are so limited. Now that the world is mapped out it limits us to the confines of the arbitrary lines that control where and who we are. I live in a square and I am told I am a Coloradoan. That seems strange right? I want to know what original cartographers thought about where boundaries are and why they are drawing theses line. The weirdest thing about maps is that we all just blindly accept them. I have a map of Alaska in my room and I like to look at it frequently. What is that place? How did it get that shape? Who explores those islands? For all we know those islands can be fake. But I look at that map and think that is how Alaska has to be. I don’t know why I think that but it’s definitely what I think. Oh yeah that’s a square that’s Colorado. I think maps are super limiting but forceful. I want to study this idea of maps now. Maps are very powerful forces that we don’t think about being powerful but it can limit where we go and who we see. I think we accept the idea behind maps even though we don’t even really know how or why but we know this exist because a map tells us.

Though Maps are limiting and forceful they help us explore the world around us. Maps set the boundaries for us to explore our world. I want to map a novel and see where it takes me. With Google Maps and other services we can explore a world (a real world) and see where a character was even if it’s a little different. But with these technologies they only set a boundary of the real world but what we can do so much with that technology. We can create the worlds of the characters in novels even if they live in a fantasy world. The grounds have been set and we need to just add the data to it. We create a path that eventually leads into a world.

Although maps can be extremely limiting and forceful I think the groups of the idea of maps have opened worlds to people to create their own. What do with maps from here? I would like to think about mapping one of my favorite novels or creating my own world map. What about mapping my mind? What could I find? (Give me a beat) Don’t let maps put you into a bind. To maps we have to be kind. Turns out rapping is in my skill set. But it’s not so good yet.

#TimeFliesInLines

When we started this week about time I became increasingly worried about my mental capacity about time. I try not think about time a lot because it’s just one of those thing I try not to mess with. Have you ever watch a Time Travel movie or a book about time travel? How are the rules established by time in that world? Can I see myself in the past because I have created a new me from a different timeline and I am forbidden to interact with this person? What about the ones were it’s a big rewind machine? Do I just reverse back in time to that place with all my newfound knowledge? These are things I am thinking about when I am actually supposed to be paying attention in class. I could have totally answered that question let me go back a couple minutes. Time is weird. I like to say I try not to think about it. But I know that is dominates a lot of my physical life. I have to be to a certain location, or to work by this time. Oh Austin you have to set a timer to make sure you don’t nap too long. But that is my personal timeline and how I think about my life. I think looking critically at Timelines is different story.

Timelines can be useful for categorizing certain events into a visual that can be seen and understood. I know this usually helped me in my history class. But I think timelines are super limiting as well. Timelines can exist within in another timeline. This even happened only due to that act that this person got to this certain point and was inspired by something on this day and that is why we have grilled cheese. Also something that I have been recently thinking about is that timelines can be very on sided. A lot of times (HAHA I made a joke) the only event that are represented in timelines are ones of the dominant culture of the society. A lot of times we see the white man’s plight to colonize the united states and we are forced to use multiple pictures and colors to represent that. What about a timeline showing the Natives points of view? What happened to them? What was once a bright and colorful timeline representing “manifest destiny” can be skewed to make the tribe attacked and underrepresented. Seems a little fishy they don’t show that in the classroom… Timelines, while helpful visual aid, don’t always take all things into consideration when we look at them. Tannis and I wanted to make a timeline of cellular devices. While that sounds great I had no idea where to start. Do you start with the founder of the company or do you start with the actual device? Manufacturers or concepts?

Like mentioned, timelines can be a great visual tool but depending on how they are used can portray a certain rhetoric for positive or negative. Our view of timelines are limiting because of the gaps and blind spots we ourselves can put into them. For now I think I’m going to not think too deeply in time because time can be frightening and dense. Grilled cheese anyone?

 

#BroadStoryBoard

I thoroughly enjoyed the use of Story Board. I think provides an easy way to organize some kind of trip or locations throughout the world. The idea that I was trying to think with is tracking a novel. Much like Kristin did with her map of Tolkien’s world, I want to do that for a novel as well. I think the Story Map really lends itself to do this. I would really like to use Story Board to track the different locations throughout a novel. Transatlantic comes to mind that’s for sure. There is a lot of travel and movement through that book. And I think tracking a novel would be an awesome activity and it would help me focus in a on a book by looking at locations and moving them in the map.

I wish there was a way in Story Board to track not just one story but multiple. The connector lines would be different colors that what you could track intersections and thoughts. This would be a good activity for the classroom. The students can track the locations throughout the novel in the class and use evidence in the novel to validate their choices. Story Boards approachable interface looks much like PowerPoint but much more interactive. Then the students can share them in front of the class, as long as they are all different… I don’t want 150 presentations on the same part of the book or character. But that’s something that can be worked out in the expectations.

I have some concerns about it though. I had lots of troubles editing the map once it has been started. Then my points wouldn’t move. In order for it be used in the classroom I think the class would have to have very clear directions so that they don’t lose their map. It could be that Story Map is still very new and needs to just be patched up. Also the connection you have to have with Google drive is concerning because it can access that information which could be concerning for younger students to give that up. Also the Gigapixel concept seems very confusing to me. I shouldn’t need to have an exterior program to make that. But again I haven’t looked much into it and again the site may be newer and needs a few touch ups, all sites need them sometimes.

As I move forward with this idea, I want to explore Story Board more to try and get it to do what I want to do. I want to explore this idea. I think to combine two projects together; we can track the locations of the author we looked at on Orlando. I think through their tagging codes you could easily find the locations and why they moved to those places. Story Board is a good way to present information and to share information as well, whether that means in the classroom or online, or maybe at some kind of conference.