When first studying digital humanities, we ask ourselves “what is digital humanities” and “why is it so important to us.” From my perspective, it is a new medium that tries to help people understand the changing world through some digital programs. However, it also distracts us from acquiring a better comprehension of today’s society as a whole because most programs are making us become less common with others. The first few weeks of class were very interesting as I gained some insight on how digital humanities is relevant to the world around us. Some of the readings were a bit difficult to comprehend, but it later made sense as I thought about it has recently affected modern society.
According to the two readings about defining digital humanities, both authors explained their interpretations on how it has impacted our lives through positive and negative aspects. The first reading illustrated how the digital media is reshaping knowledge that expands a bit more than from printed resources. It analyzed the way the public needs to share their knowledge to the public instead of dividing ourselves with programmed software. In Lisa Spiro’s document, she talked about how digital humanities should challenge people into figuring out different ideas that would help their community be more open and collaborative towards the public. This emphasized that as a community expands their knowledge, they have to consider the possibilities in also extending their relations to others who share those same views.
In conclusion, I believe that digital humanities can be both useful and distracting depending upon a person’s interests and opinions. There is no right or wrong answer to how people define digital humanities, as long as they are able to express their ideas that can possibly change the world and it’s future.
~ Danielle Lee