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Week 11: Stories in New Media

The new media stories in this week’s reading succeeded in drawing me in enough that I repeatedly felt a bit distracted from the purpose of navigating them in the first place. Though I have no particular interest in freeskiing, the

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Week 10: Visualizing Data

Ideas around visualization stood out to me in some of the previous units, and I’ve belatedly realized I may have jumped the gun a bit by discussing them in earlier posts. I’m glad of the chance to delve deeper into

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Blog response post

Most of the blogs I started out following this semester have not been quite as active or relevant as I had hoped. Perhaps the most interesting was Lot 49, which featured one post on the website Histories of the National

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Week 9: Networks

After reading Weingart’s article (and skimming the Elijah Meeks post he links), the idea of visualizations of networks stood out to me as particularly interesting (especially after seeing some of the gorgeous cacophonies Meeks includes). Visualizations have a definite role

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Week 8: Evaluation of an Online Exhibition

Exhibition: African Burial Ground This digital exhibition offers an interactive perspective on the African Burial Ground in New York City, the site of somewhat-infamous controversy since it was discovered in 1991. Entering the site, the introductory page flashes a few

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Week 7: Maps

Like other books in its genre, HyperCities teeters on the border between innovative and gimmicky. The enthusiastic splashing of color, toggling between different authors by means of fonts and copious inclusion of screenshots seemed to emphasize its uncomfortable position as

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Week 6: Texts (large)

This week’s workset and readings offered some intriguing, rather complex perspectives on ways to approach research in the humanities. Perhaps unsurprisingly, I was fascinated with the Bookworm tool revealing the word frequencies in our blog posts. From my novice standpoint,

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Week 5: Texts (small)

Having the opportunity to re-examine fundamental approaches once presented with their essentially arbitrary nature is always interesting. Ramsay’s framework for describing literary criticism and Witmore’s definition of texts gave useful foundational perspectives for understanding the opportunities in digital textual analysis.

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Week 4 Crowdsourcing Project

The Zooniverse Ancient Lives project drew me in with its fascinating premise, based on the transcription of ancient texts. Nineteenth-century archaeological digs uncovered the landfill of the old Greek city Oxyrhynchus, leading to the discovery of around 500,000 fragments of

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Week 3 Readings Response

Before picking up Time on the Cross, I felt slightly bad (part disappointment, part guilt) that I would be going into the book with some sizable prejudices against it. For better or worse, I soon realized my potential open-mindedness would not

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