Allison

            I feel that I have learned much more than expected in this class.  On the first day I was taken completely by surprise, I just assumed it was another humanities course, learning arts, music, literature…but this subject is totally unique.  Although it is hard to truly define digital humanities, one aspect of it is about our world as a whole interacting with technology and analyzing the effects that it has on our way of life.  I believe that because technology is affecting ages as young as infancy, we should be informed about DH earlier in life.  Kids are now learning from kindles and online games as opposed to printed books.  As teenagers, we can spend up to 8 hours a day online, always “plugged in” with mp3 players, laptops, cell phones, and various internet sites.  It is a good idea to have the opportunity to study digital humanities as undergraduates because we are the target age most affected by technology.  Students should be informed about what is happening to us, and how things are changing.

            Through this class I realized how rapid our world is transforming from “traditional” to new digital media in every aspect of life.  As a class, we debated the transformation of literature from books to blogs and websites like Wikipedia.  It seems that “visual culture has become the utmost importance to us players in the game of online and digital communication…those of born digital see new media as the norm and nothing new.”  Our peers should learn how technology is changing the world because there are some things that they may not notice are being neglected, like traditional books.  We need to be aware that technology may advance faster than we can keep up, and that we may end up similar to older generations, out of the loop. 

            Technology can both inhibit and facilitate the learning process for kids our age.  It can serve as a tool for intellectual assignments, or as a distraction, which gave us the title of “the Dumbest Generation.”  It is true that a large percentage of adolescents are too reliant on technology and as a result, they are losing basic mathematical, spelling, and writing skills.  On the other hand, there are several who choose to use technology, not as a replacement for knowledge, but a catalyst for enhancing knowledge.  There is a difference.  We have a lot more potential than the generation preceding us because of the expansive innovations we are familiar with and improving upon.  As a generation, we could possibly solve the haunting problems of our world that our parents could not, because we have resources that they never had.  It is essential that our peers get involved in this subject because we could change and drastically affect our world for the better.

            It seems necessary to understand how much of an impact we can and do have on the world, through collaboration and our knowledge of new media, anything can be accomplished.  This class should be offered, not required, to undergraduates.  Students should not have to take it, but they should have the option and be informed that it is a demanding course.  Hopefully, those that are intrigued will get more involved in the field of study and expand it.  It is only offered as an honors class here at Bloomsburg, but I think that it should be offered to everyone from a freshman to seniors.  If interested, all students should have the opportunity to learn about DH, you never know what someone has to contribute.

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