It’s almost impossible to imagine how our lives would be today without technology. In more specific terms, how our lives would be without our portable computers allowing us instantaneous information at the tip of our fingers. Now that we have the capability to attain information almost whenever we need, we move onto how information is presented. A recent collaboratively authored book “Digital_Humanities” presents the idea of editing being used as a design feature. When you write your papers, or blog posts, or whatever platform you choose to present your ideas, there is always the editing stage to check for errors and better form your thoughts. While this stage is vitally important, Digital Humanists are joining the rapidly changing way data is presented through data visualization. This incredible movement from processing information to networking information is distinctly changing the Humanities as “understanding the rhetoric of design, its persuasive force and central role in the shaping of arguments, is a critical tool for digital work in all disciplines” (Burdick 13).
From the printing press to the color handheld screen, it would make sense that the Humanities reassign itself as the Digital Humanities. Matthew Kirschenbaum explains “digital humanities is also a social undertaking. It harbors networks of people who have been working together, sharing research, arguing, competing, and collaborating for many years” (Kirschenbaum 2). The digital world of sharing information and research has allowed individuals to create new initiatives and projects with others in completely different geographical locations. Wright State’s Humanities programs are already collaborating with the Digital Humanities by using blog sites and creating visual projects instead of the traditional research paper. We aren’t all artists, but through the help of these digital platforms, we can present our ideas in an attractive and enticing manner and join the Digital Humanities movement.
Burdick, Anne, Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunenfeld, Todd Presner, and Jeffrey Schnapp. Digital Humanities. Cambridge, MA: MIT, 2012. Print.
Kirschenbaum, Matthew. “What Is Digital Humanities and What’s It Doing in English Departments?” Debates in the Digital Humanities (2012): n. pag. Web.