I'm fascinated with social media, and generally, I've been willing to play around with any new socially-oriented site I've come across. However, the pressures of always feeling "public" (whether or not anyone is ever actually looking at what I've had to say) has led me to deactivate Facebook, discontinue Twitter, abandon Tumblr and Wordpress, etc. etc. Yet, I want to better understand and implement new digital--and very social--platforms for tracking the revision history of, for example, the Victorian novel. Moreover, I'm working as the Coordinator of the Undergraduate Affiliates Program at the Alice Kaplan Institute of the Humanities at Northwestern--a job that entails heading/editing a humanities-oriented blog for the Institute. My question is, can one be a "digital humanist" without having to share too much of oneself? Can I gracefully bow out of participating in LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, etc.? How do we bridge the gap between incurable introvert and democratically-dedicated scholarship (i.e, open-access, the creation of open source communites for archive annotation) when it comes to the use of new technologies?
I'll be wrestling with this question of private vs. public for the rest of year, as well as documenting progress on 1) exploring various digital platforms for visually mapping revision histories and 2) the creation of a brand-new, humanities-institute-affiliated blog.