Blog Archives

Blogs on the HNN

One of the most notable blogs I’ve followed this semester is the Historians/History blog on the History News Network. At the beginning of the semester, I originally questioned if this would be a suitable “academic” blog, as it did resemble many

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Benefits of New Media

The videos, images and visualizations of new media provide not only context, but also, I believe, a fundamentally superior understanding of the material being discussed. As I so adamantly defended last week, visualizations capture the imagination of the human mind. In addition, especially

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Visualization and Awe

I argue that visual representation of data and information is not only a useful tool for historical study, but also an enormously captivating method of capturing the human imagination. Though writing provides the necessary critical analysis, the human mind responds

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On Networks

Reading “Where Is American in the Republic of Letters” by Caroline Winterer and “The Other Ride of Paul Revere” by Shin-Kap Han provided important insights into the ability of humanists to use networks for research. Ultimately, I believe the method is incredibly

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Week 9 Rumsey Maps

For our analysis of an online exhibit, I chose to look at the David Rumsey Historical Map Collection. A person with an affinity for maps could find themselves immersed in this website for hours just going through them, as I soon

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Week 6 Macroanalysis and Healthy Skepticism

It has been my perception that most of the class continues to hold a healthy skepticism of digital methods. Goldstone and Underwood actually begin their paper by showing that this is not even remotely a new trend. “The history of

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Week 5 – Topic Modeling and Digital Text

In my undergraduate career, I took a great interest in the Classics: Enough so that it was my double major along with history, largely because of the interest I gained from taking Latin in my Jesuit high school. Primary sources

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Crowdsourcing – Galaxy Zoo

I chose Galaxy Zoo for my Crowdsourcing Project because Astronomy is second only to history for me as a subject of fascination. Galaxy Zoo crowdsources the vast amount of data gathered for Physical Cosmology, the study of galaxy formation and

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Assuming Objectivity – Week 3 Post

As many of my colleagues have previously mentioned, Time on the Cross makes it clear that it is dangerous to assume that data is inherently objective.  I would argue further that the author assuming the objectivity of their methods from the

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Week 2 – Self-Consciousness in the Humanities

Last week’s readings displayed the idea that there is a fervent debate in the humanities regarding the place and function served of the “Digital Humanities.” The most striking part of the readings this week is just how widespread and analytical

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