Introduction to Digital Humanities

RELI/ENGL 39, Fall 2015, University of the Pacific

Digital Humanities

What is Digital Humanities? Why the Digital Humanities? I still not sure after a few week in the class what digital Humanities still is.  We have been shown so many examples over the last two weeks. In the first reading Ian Bogost he is points out that most of our live are control in some aspect by an algorithm. The second reading which was one of the hardest thing I have ever read to comprehend. The next few reading were a little easier to understand they were about how technology can be used to scan reading the program we introduced to was Voyant. The article scanned court cases from the time of the civil war they showed how certain words were referred to slavery one was one and these cases were from the south and how the one from the north were different. The clinical meaning of what Digital Humanities is according to google it is the study of the intersection of computing and the discipline of Humanities. Some of our reading have been very confusing to me. But as I write this post I think a few thing our coming together for me now. Example when we used Voyant we looked at Shakespeare work. We looked at the word “love” throughout his works, in some of the stories where the love appeared like some of his comedies “love” was very frequently used. The why of digital Humanities, computers and technology let us as human study so much more and so much faster when it comes to information. I would hate to think how long it would take to read and analyze Shakespeare work to see if there was a pattern with it coming to a frequency of a word used. Technology does makes our live easier but we also have lost some of what we call the personal touch. I was a manager in the restaurant business for over 20 years. When I first was in the business world it was us going filling out an application and handing it to a manager, now it go to our website fill it out and I am sure there is an algorithm picking out who they talk to a for an interview.


  1. I really like this blog post because I like how you used googles definition of basically the very broad meaning of DH and then you perception on the topic and why you think DH is significant , great job.

  2. I agree that it is often difficult to define digital humanities since most of us are completely new at these studies. Voyant has been useful in analyzing various texts that has helped us comprehend them during class. The first reading seemed a bit confusing because of how Ian Bogost tried to connect our lives with algorithms. It does seem that way that technology has been evolving in order to make life a bit more simple for us.

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