Group: Nina, Johan, Szuting
We had mentioned we were impressed by the video projects that were shown in class, and we decided to make a documentary film to put our thoughts together in order to demonstrate the topic we are going to cover: how does the experience of reading online magazine differentiate from the traditional? and how the information has been interpreted differently?
First we will have a short intro about two different ways of reading (the hard copy and the digital version, we were thinking using series of pictures or maybe record the actual reading process), and from there, we will bring up some questions such as what are the differences of reading hard copies of magazine and online version ones, and how the information was interpreted differently through both experience. Then we will answer the questions through interviews and talked about what we think and how this topic is related to what we’ve learned in class about Digital Humanities.
We are very excited about the how our ideas will turn out!
Voyant is a tool that, in my personal opinion, very useful for people who are not used to read long novels. (I make this conclusion based on my case) By using the text analysis tool I can know immediately who are in the story, and I can also get a glimpse, by looking at the sentences and where they appear in the story, of what the personalities of these characters without flipping pages back and forth for a long time. It is easier for me to understand the story if I know the characters first (I always appreciate those publishers that has brief intro of characters in the beginning of the book)
By examining the word trends, I also found out that some the frequency of different characters are overlapped, which also helps me to know the relationship of characters. While I click on the actual book section, Voyant will show me the conversation between each character so that I can understand how these characters relate to each other and know them by the conversation.
One thing I really like this tool is that on the word trend section, you can hide the search by clicking it. I think it is very informative because you can compare the curve of different words.
When it comes to read in English, it always takes me so long because I am such a slow reader. Usually I will have to take some times understanding , look up the vocabularies and sentences next, then read all over again so that I can understand the meaning that underneath the surface. I think text analysis tool can save slow readers a lot of time to get into the story faster since it gives them a small review of the book to make their life easier. It does not really matter what kind of words that are being searched, and that is also one of the thing that I like about text analysis tool. Users can type in anything that they are interested in to find out the hints that they want to know about the book. I think this is exactly the purpose of reading: people view and understand the stories differently, and different points of views yield various opinions which can be fully discussed. The only question that I have after using this tool is, what if a person already know and read the whole book, is this tool going to help him/her to find out something else instead of just screwing around? Is the text analysis tool not helpful enough for someone who already knows the story and probably will not have any profound purpose to them?
Peter Walsh seems more like a free spirit, or maybe, never wants to grow up when it comes to his life.
In a way, he is a romantic. Reading through his romance, we can see that he loves with his instinct. When he feels right, he goes for it. For example, his marriage with the girl he met on the way back to India, or his love affair with the married woman. Somehow this free attitude still attracts Mrs. Dalloway. She sees the flaw of his characters, but she is still attached to this person. Peter fears aging, and he still love the idea of being young. I think when he is being judgmental towards Mrs. Dalloway’s sophistication, such as scolding her being a perfect hostess, is another way of showing that he is scared getting old(being responsible, be social in order to have that status in society). Yes, he seems happy with his philosophy of life unlike Mrs. Dalloway. Though the fact that he is not the one that Clarissa chose to marry just shows his main struggle of life: being independent and responsible.
In another way, Peter is impulsive and irresponsible. “He had never done a thing that they talked of; his whole life had been a failure. (6)” Failing Oxford, never seem to make a serious commitment, and the fact that he is very judgmental about the world all shows his immaturity. He barely follows through his passions or has a plan for his life, as Hugh Whitbread says his character is “permanent” (105). I think it is the youth from Peter Walsh that makes Mrs. Dalloway still thinks about him often. She misses the way they interact with each other and the youth/beauty of their love; she also misses the way that he is not afraid of staying young (even if it is immature). For Mrs. Dalloway, his way of living life freely assembles something young and vivid, something more like a hope that she wishes she never loses. Although we know how life wears her out when she becomes this mature and sophisticated Mrs. Dalloway.
The definition of digital humanities, to me, is using available technology to research huge amount of data, which is related to humanity, analyze it, and integrate the information with digital tools to make a more cohesive pattern. It can be shown in different digital forms such as interactive presentations, digital pictures, or coherent visualization. Information expands with the proliferation of technology. In the 21th century, huge amount of data (like billions of survey of populations) is no longer a chunk of complicated statistics that has to be sorted or organized in traditional ways as what people did before. The problem for people who are interested in digital humanities is how to manage the quality of various digital humanities projects and approaches. For example, when we browse through the projects in class, I can see what they are trying to achieve, which is showing data in a more coherent way, but sometimes I feel like the cool visualization is not telling me what the data is for. The purpose of making the data more visualized is not really that clear to me. About the future of digital humanities, I think it is very hard to predict how it will expand with the fast-growing technology. What we have right now will be evolved into in a much advanced forms of communication. Just say that we did not grow up with knowing that ipads will be replacing books or our tvs. However, one can imagine that technology and human anatomy will probably be integrated in a way that we can access massive amount of data through cyber network.
My name is Szu Ting, (well it just pronounces as Su Ting, I don’t know why they put a Z in the middle to confuse people) and I am a fourth year CM major (hopefully to graduate soon). I am an international student so I still get really nervous when I speak up in front of the entire class. I have a nickname called panda not because I speak Chinese but one of my cousins thinks I act and look like Po(Kung Fu Panda, anyone?). So feel free to call me panda.
I am interested in web/graphic design, so once I graduate I hope I can find a job as a graphic designer or something related. Animation seems to be a fun job too; I just love the creativity behind it. It is always my dream to work in the U.S., so hopefully I can have an experience working here before I go back to Taiwan. And by the way, I am allergic to cheaters!! Yeah, long story. LOL.