My definition of digital humanities is the application of digital technology that provides humans more information about topics such as history and society One site that Professor Urban shared with us that supports my personal definition of digital humanities is the Guantanamo Public Memory Project. In the Guantanamo Public Memory people online can comment and share their stories about the Guantanamo so interaction among humans is showcased.The ability for interaction is important because it allows us to be able to express our opinions and views about that topic.For example Facebook ,a popular social media site, asks its users the question Whats on your mind?. By asking that question Facebook is encouraging its users to speak on anything from politics, religion, music, etc. whatever they want to share with other users. It shows that the opinions we have does matter because we are being asked to participate in conversation.
Digital humanities provides people with opportunities to learn old ideas in a new way.For example because of digital humanities someone can learn more about the Sistine chapel and actually experience and see the Sistine chapel in your own living room. http://www.vatican.va/various/cappelle/index_sistina_en.htm. Digital humanities provides that visual experience that can not be duplicated in a text.
Social networks have become such a huge way for people to express their opinions from Twitter to Facebook. You express the fact that the social networks have given meaning or importance to our opinions. However, I feel that these social networks have a negative effect on our opinions. People are beginning to be judged heavily by their peers based on the things they “post” on these social networks. Professional athletes and celebrities seem to always be getting in trouble for their opinions. Teenagers and college students are told to make sure they “clean up” their social networks when applying to college or jobs. So even though these social networks are suppose to give an importance to our opinions, there seem to be more negative results from our opinions than positive therefore limiting our opinions.
Since Myspace all the way up through Facebook and Twitter people have been able to express their opinion and thoughts on what ever they may want to do. Some people use these sites for business work, and others use it for social aspects of life. You mention that these sites give off a positive vibe, and give meaning to our opinions. I won’t disagree with that because I believe they do, but they also hurt us in many ways because kids these days put up pictures of them at parties, etc. These social media sites can either benefit you if you use it correctly or they can hurt you because someone is too immature to realize what they’re doing.
You make a good point that social media is inviting us to participate in ‘conversation.’ It’s always interesting to see how complete strangers who may never talk in person will get involved in heated debates on social media like Facebook. When I go on my Rutgers class page, I can’t scroll half a page down without seeing some type of debate or argument going on about policies, majors, or even Stan. People get defensive and are likely to throw around offensive insults when they are allowed to freely express their views. Social media is a good way to see two sides of an argument in this way, but it can also be the place of unnecessary bickering and hurtful words.