Introduction to Digital Humanities

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

What’s your textuality?

The Radiant Textuality piece that explained the convergence from physical text based analysis to online based analysis in an effort to provide transparency in all research and historic files to anyone that may want to access them around the world for free online. It was through the perspective of a researcher so the opinion to provide all text based research and information online may be biased.

I do find effectiveness in having the information available the way the writer put it as expanding the worlds knowledge and understanding of the given subject and hopefully will add to the research or use the research for their research. It is about providing information to people in order to assist them in their research starting by making all research public that the same research is not conducted twice.

I also agree with the text in that as the digital footprint for information and research grows it also encourages other scholarly people to be a part of the online revolution and also publish their works digitally. I would also agree with the text that people need to stop ignoring the digital revolution amongst us and we must upload and archive important physical papers that have yet to be published. It would facilitate the research work for many scholars that still find themselves searching for data in library textbooks.



  1. I’m more of a person to feel uncertain about the progression of digital progress. For example, I refuse to use E-Books, it’s not the same intimacy as cuddling in bed with a book. I do not want to cuddle a tablet. It brings me pain when I see parents hand their toddler an iPad to play with at the dinner table; I always vow to give my children physical toys if I may have them one day. I HATE when children have their own iPhones (extremely unecessary!)

    Despite all of my negativity towards this. The sentence where you said “digital footprint for information” caught my eyes. It’s definitely amazing how much information can be compiled in a public archive for people all around the world to use and I definitely think it allows society to expand their knowledge. I believe informational texts should be preserved in its physical for but be shared online for others who cannot access its physical form to see. That being said, it would be my hope that the physical form of the book or writing would not be forgotten.

  2. Andrew J. Rocha

    October 1, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    I always think the interesting thing about digital texts is that I don’t think that they’ll ever replace physical books. I think that digital copies only make it easier to do research and to find articles of information faster, while physical copies are more for intense and longer readings of the texts.

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