Whitney Trettien wrote a new post, About, on the site The Women of 19th-Century Eastern State Penitentiary on Humanities Commons 1 month, 1 week ago
The Eastern State Penitentiary, opened to inmates in Philadelphia in 1829, was built to offer a penitent, solitary, experience where the inmate immersed themselves in religious and moral renewal, and emerged a […]
One way to think about this issue is to go back to our discussions about public vs private interests. Google is a for-profit company, but it’s also become the default way we access information — and it’s in the public good for that default way to be unbiased. (Think about public libraries; we wouldn’t want anyone going into a library collectively…[Read more]
You’ve identified a really big problem in the field, Eric. Say you’re a scholar or student in the humanities, and you have 20 work hours to do your research. Then say you need 12 hours just to learn the coding/tools/skills necessary to build a corpus, clean up the data, and process it. That leaves you with only 8 hours to actually interpret and…[Read more]
Great ideas! Thanks for getting us started with brainstorming. I’ve moved your comments over to a Google doc that we can begin to use to keep track of these ideas as we move forward: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NQ6BZO4UDaIAvw3fVNYq258X5qFhV62MmgbsITlOzXA/edit?usp=sharing
Thank you, Saniyah, for drawing our attention back to what Foucault has to say about “the subject” and subject formation. I don’t think we gave this (tricky!) concept very nearly enough time in class.
Something that always sticks out for me with Foucault: it is the process of turning humans into the OBJECT of knowledge (think about psychology,…[Read more]
Thank you so much for bringing this up, Margaret! I think we need to talk about this. Data is absolutely not carbon neutral. Nor are archives.
Maybe we can add this reading to the syllabus for later? https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/j5yg3g/climate-change-could-erase-human-history-these-archivists-are-trying-to-save-it
This is such a fascinating debate. Is there room for another alternative? Peter and Jess argue that companies are going to act in their self-interest and users have the right to opt out; Ethan points out that the TOS are unreasonable so opting out isn’t *really* an option (but then says we just have to accept it).
But what about regulation? Is…[Read more]
Claire, I appreciate your last paragraph — what a perfect recapitulation of the arguments we’ve been discussing and their importance.
Indigenous knowledges have become a big part of digital humanities. We’ll talk about it more in a few weeks, but in the meantime, a few links here might interest you and others:…[Read more]
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