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January 1st – “Digital Discipline”

Americans use gadgets to help control impulses

The article was talking about different things and I thought it was funny to read about one man who “can’t trust himself to work at his computer without clicking on distractions” so he uses a program to block them. Interesting.

Also, on 1/17 there was the poll question – “Is it okay that ‘slave’ replaces the n-word in a ‘Huckleberry Finn’ reissue?” It was really interesting to read the public’s views/responses.

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Dilbert comic

was all too fitting from yesterday’s (12/23) paper (Press Enterprise, for those in the area). Had to share:


young buck: “How does that help you understand technology that is six months old in a youth-oriented culture?”

old man: Grrrrrrr


Wanted to share it with Mark Bauerlein. I think he should read our Manifesto as well. Dr. Schlitz, do you have his email address too? :)

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Congratulations: You’ve got 15 likes!

…it was remarkable to observe you finishing up on Google Docs this morning (see screen cap below). Thanks to each of you for a wonderful class and for your amazing contributions and collaboration.

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The final

The final edits are done on our Manifesto…pleas read over it and give your thumbs up!

click on assignments….Final exam…the Manifesto

or click here

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Google’s 500 billion word corpus…

…offers extraordinary possibilities for linguistic, literary, cultural and other research and a simple to use online tool for beginner exploration

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The Future of Indie Book Stores

Great article today from NPR – harkens back to our online vs. print discussion.

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Manifesto GDoc

That’ll get you to the Manifesto. Right now, you can only read it. After we’ve done most of the editing we have in mind, we’ll open it up for you to edit so you can leave comments.

Once it is “more finished,” I’ll make another post leading to the Doc for the 15 Likes Initiative.

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final: final steps

  • content: Erik, Amanda, John
  • editing: Erik (editor-in-chief) et al.
  • create a google account for editing in google docs
  • Erik and John will send sharing invitations for google doc
  • review images and recommend to Sarah
  • final proof will be announced via email
  • approval of final draft = 15 likes
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i will be there just after 8

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something of interest

I know that nobody has time to do anything but study right now, but I came across an interesting article in the NY Times via the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) website.  It mentions some really interesting DH projects, such as “digitally mapping Civil War battlefields to understand what role topography played in victory, using databases of thousands of jam sessions to track how musical collaborations influenced jazz, [and] searching through large numbers of scientific texts and books to track where concepts first appeared and how they spread.”  Definitely a worthwhile way to kill time.

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In pondering my graduate school future, I stumbled onto this.

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finalizing your final

As you plan how you will combine your posts into a single manifesto (I’ve borrowed Erik’s excellent term here), please keep in mind this message I received from Alan Liu (whose work you’ve read and who is coordinating the 4Humanities site where your statement would be posted):

“We would be interested in including their statement [on the 4 Humanities site] if it bears in some way on advocating for the humanities at large (beyond advocating for the digital humanities).  That is, we’re trying to keep 4Humanities focused on humanities, with the digital humanities playing the supporting role of facilitator.”

He adds: “By comparison, you might be interested in this post I put up on the site yesterday about a student symposium for digital humanities projects, which, as I described it, “features the students talking articulately about the value of combining digital work with the humanities, including the value that such work might provide in bridging between the academy and general society.”

In reviewing your posts, I find that you’re clearly focusing on humanities, with DH as a way of enhancing  humanities study, especially as you address issues such as undergraduate education and literature (etc.). Nevertheless, I wanted to share Liu’s comments with you so that you might reflect consciously on them as you collaboratively finalize your work. I would very much like to see your statement published and your voices recognized by the international DH and humanities communities.

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here’s one attempt (erik’s) to illustrate how you might author the final exam collaboratively; it’s kind of buried in the body of the final exam page, so I’m posting it here as well lest you miss it…

Erik Kile:

“…would the Internet as ‘the communicative backbone of real intellectual and civic change’ become a reality sooner if Digital Humanists [STUDENTS] become more vocal about their work? It’s an exciting field, there’s no denying that.”  This is the question that Schlitz turned back at us on our last day of discussion. She ended the last discussion of the semester with this.  That means it’s important.  That means she cares about our opinions and believes that other people do, too.  Natalie started us off strong and I wouldn’t change a thing about her second point, that (not-so)modern-day centralized learning is inconsistent and resistant to our collaborative internet culture: it’s exactly the sort of thing the digital immigrants need to hear from us.  Allow me to try my hand at it…

The students in this class were born in a transitional stage: we have proved to be pretty adept in all things digital, but we were heavily influenced by the aging technology of our parents and grandparents.  With the technological advancements that occur every day (and will continue to occur into the future), we can’t imagine the digital landscape that the babies of 2010 will be growing up in.  Should we be worried for them?  No, of course not.  ”Every generation has faced new technology and thought that their children would be profoundly affected…just because they may experience childhood through a different medium, they will still experience childhood and gain crucial experiences necessary to become an adult” [quote from Katrina at the bottom of my post, “Digital Literature (and more Cute Babies)”, here].  The format of a children’s book, for instance, won’t really alter the effect of a masterful storyteller.  Children will still roar like the Wild Things and get lost in Seuss’ colorful landscapes regardless of how they are delivered.  ”People will always crave entertainment, just in new forms, new mediums” [Natalie’s comment – same post] — “And I think that no matter how technology changes, literature will go with it [Jordyn’s comment – you get the idea].

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Jane Austen Fiction Mss.

an interesting audio discussion of the controversy which ensued following publication of Austen’s fiction mss. Fascinating listening.

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congratulations, Erik!

Announcing “Bloomsburg University’s nominees for the 2011 Intro Journals Project – Sponsored by the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), the Intro Journals Project is a nationwide contest for students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate creative writing programs. Each spring, judges for AWP select several winners in each category at the national level. Those winners are published in a prestigious literary journal and receive a cash award. ” Among the Bloomsburg University Creative Writing Program nominees:

Erik M. Kile for his short story “A Remarkable Man” and his poem “Song: To Whitman”

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English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities Undergraduate Student Conference CFP

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ATTN Class: an Approach to the Collaborative Final

Hey guys and gals, just wanted to throw something out there.  Between pounding cups of coffee and studying and writing papers back-to-back, I know we’re all extremely busy in the last two weeks of the semester.  I do, however, have an idea of how we can approach the proposed collaborative final.

What if everyone in the class were to look back on their best posts (i.e. those that were either brought up by Dr. Schlitz in class or served as a springboard for discussion) and came up with a minimum of two strong, clear, awesome, pithy, concise DH insights?  If this were to be done in a timely (before the final!) and organized fashion, we would be able to look over everyone’s points – combining similar ones to make them stronger – and get a great look at what is most important to the class.

Not only is this option in the spirit of DH (as Grace said in her reply to Schlitz’s original proposal), but if you take the time to pull out your finest blog posts, then the work could potentially be done before the actual final even begins.  Tempting?  Of course it is. Click here to go to the working draft (you’ll find that Amanda has already taken advantage of our editing privileges).

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DH and Victorian Literature

Analyzing Literature by Words and Numbers” in the NYT – be sure to thank Dr. Riley, English, for sharing this.

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Exam and Project

Please post your project proposals on the page created for your group (pages are located under the Assignments tab and nested beside the research project; group members have full editing privileges for their pages). A final exam draft location is here; please begin collaborating with one another (draft ideas, notes, references, etc.) ASAP if you think you may submit a single, collaborative exam.

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Final Exam

I think the idea of a collaborative post/blog entry is very much with the spirit of this class/discussion and topic. And I agree that 14 of us authoring one post makes it more compelling to anyone who would read it.

Thought I’d post this and see what the thumbs up and thumbs down results would be and to see what everyone’s comments/reservations are.

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