Hello HASTAC! This is my second year blogging about Digital Humanities and I am very excited to start another year with this wonderful program. In writing this post I have decided to discuss some of my plans for this academic year in relation to the website and my blog. First off, this is the first year that I will be accompanied by other students from my college, so we are eventually going to create our own page. On this page we will try to keep the community up dated on the events and ideas that are circulating around our small women’s college campus. The second idea that I have for this year is beginning a reading group at my college based on the broad subject of “Illusion and American Culture”. After reading the Pulitzer Prize winning book Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and Triumph of Spectacle by Chris Hedgesthe subject of Illusion in America has really begun to peak my interest. Some of the topics that I want the group to discuss are:
- What is Culture?
- What is the difference between progress and change?
- Who decides what is to be valued?
- Are Values important?
- What are the positives and negatives of Reality/Illusion?
- Is America approaching a dystopian reality?
- If each generation tends to look at the generation before it as venerable and the generation after is as disreputable at what time should we truly be alarmed at the state of humanity?
Especially in American society, moving from a print based culture to a digital culture has greatly affected the answers to these questions and I am really interested in how my peers place value on various aspects of the world they live in as digital natives. I also plan to bring in supplementary texts that will tie into monthly discussion sessions. If the group works out as planned I will be able to write one or two blog posts a month reporting my findings from this group of students.
Finally, I also have some ambitious plans for the future that will further incorporate the Digital Humanities into the infrastructure of the institution that I attend, and I hope that I will be able to spend this year spreading the word of this exciting field of study.