Digital History Site: DHNow

The class assignment for October 3rd was to present on a digital history site. I chose to present on Digital Humanities Now (DHNow) because, as a Digital History Fellow at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, I participate in a weekly conversation with the center’s director and the other fellows about the content that comes through DHNow.…

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Contextualizing the Object of History

The first-year DH Fellows started out the year in a seminar with RRCHNM director, Dr. Stephen Robertson, discussing the history of the Center and putting it in the context of other digital humanities centers. The final project for the seminar was to create an Omeka exhibit for the Center’s 20th anniversary site on a RRCHNM project of our choosing. I chose…

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Something Lurking in The Shallows?

Because of the internet, humans are reading more than ever. The problem in this, according to Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, is that our reading has become shallower. His argument is not that the internet is full of intellectually trivial content but that the medium itself encourages shallow reading and impedes our ability…

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Review of The Information

In The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood, James Gleick succeeds in weaving a digestible and engrossing narrative of a subject that might strike most people as hopelessly esoteric and bland—Claude Shannon’s information theory. At Bell Labs in the 1940s, Shannon was working on an efficient way to transmit messages over long distances. In the process, he transformed “information”…

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