Playful Coding

https://ncase.me/trust/ https://explorabl.es/ REWRITE Adaptations, remixes, and mashups are related in that they take existing materials and repurpose them. But technology and digital culture has opened up new and creative avenues to explore and experiment with these techniques. But questions of copyright, authorship, and originality, however, can make these kinds of projects fraught and complex. Goals: […]


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Memes

A ‘meme’ is a virally-transmitted cultural symbol or social idea. But what is it about memes leads to the level of virality? Why are we so attracted to making and sharing (and sharing and sharing and sharing) memes? Suggested Readings What Defines a Meme? World Made Meme (interview) A Unified Theory of Meme Death We […]


Blogging

Blogging is dead! Long live blogging! Description In the early 2000s, the end of the “.com” era saw the rise of “Web 2.0” as a loosely defined trend in online content generation where everyday users — not traditional media producers — created the content that defined digital culture. Blogs more than any other modality came […]


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Activism and Agency

#1reasonWhy #YesAllWomen #NotAllMen #GamerGate #NotYourAsianSidekick #Ferguson #IfTheyGunnedMeDown #BlackLivesMatter #ConcernedStudent1950 These words with #’s in front of them aren’t just collating social media content around specific interests. Instead, these conversations and their participants come to think of these more like an event or social movement. In cases like “#1reasonwhy”, the hashtag becomes a platform for voices […]


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Art of the Animated GIF

Description The animated GIF is a form of digital image that is almost 30 years old, but recent years have seen its resurgence through popular use in social content sites like Tumblr and Reddit. In this mission, students research the history of the animated GIF and learn how to produce their own. Goals learn about […]


Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the increasing number of devices that can connect to the Internet and communicate with each other. While the Internet began as a series of computers connecting to other computers, it expanded to connect smartphones and has continued to connect increasing numbers of devices beyond dedicated computing machinery. The […]


Digital Audio

Digital technology supports the creation, the recording, and the distribution of audio media by individuals without requiring access to recording studios and radio broadcast stations. Hardware innovations, such as MP3 players, the iPod, and smartphones, have made possible the ability for audiences to listen to audio productions using digital devices. Networks have made possible the […]


Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality (AR) is a digital medium that presents information about users’ surroundings on devices such as smartphones, tablets, and smartglasses. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines AR as both “an enhanced version of reality created by the use of technology to overlay digital information on an image of something being viewed through a device (such as a […]


Personal Data Tracking

Our phones track our location and habits. Our watches measure our heart rates and how many steps we take. Do we know what happens to that data? How do we measure issues of privacy versus issues of public health and safety? What are the things maybe we would want to track but don’t? And how […]


YouTubing

YouTube.com was founded in 2005 and quickly became a leading force in the surge of so-called “Web 2.0” culture that hit a peak with Time Magazine naming “You” the 2006 person of the year. YouTube has gone on to provide endless memes, cultural references, and launched the careers of an army of “YouTubers”. But how […]


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Digital Privacy

Privacy is increasingly important in a digital environment, not just because of the risk of what we consciously put online, but because of the digital traces of ourselves we leave without even knowing it. Goals Understand digital privacy and how to be proactive in protecting yours. Suggested Readings We are all Data Amazon’s Alexa started […]


Networks

As per Introduction to Digital Humanities – Networks: The concept of a network has become ubiquitous in current culture. Almost any connection to anything else can be called a network, but properly speaking, a network has to be a system of elements or entities that are connected by explicit relations. Unlike other data structures we have […]


Image Visualization

Why does Image Visualization Matter? This topic may seem redundant since images and movies are already visual, but what we’re talking about is analyzing images in a way or at a scale that, through visual means, reveal more about their composition, structure, origin, or meaning. For example, what do you learn about a film by […]


Mapping

From UPenn Libraries: By mapping real and imagined places, scholars can better argue and represent the significance of space and place in human experience and social structures. But, maps themselves carry assumptions and connotations. From Introduction to Digital Humanities: Maps are highly conventionalized representations, distortions, but they do not come with instruction books or warnings about how […]


Text Analysis

Why Software-Driven Text Analysis Matters Computers can’t think, at least not yet, but they assist human thinking every day whether we use our phone’s calculator or answer a random question with a Wikipedia search. What about more complex forms of thought like literary analysis? As it turns out, there are some kinds of software-driven analyses […]


Interactive Fiction

“Will you read me a story?” “Read you a story? What fun would that be? I’ve got a better idea: let’s tell a story together.” — Adam Cadre, “Photopia” Interactive Fiction is a genre of game or electronic literature where users participate in the generation or exploration of a story world. In the early 1980s, text adventures like Zork and The […]


Adaptation, Remixes, and Mashups

Adaptations, remixes, and mashups are related in that they take existing materials and repurpose them. But technology and digital culture has opened up new and creative avenues to explore and experiment with these techniques. But questions of copyright, authorship, and originality, however, can make these kinds of projects fraught and complex. Goals: Learn about the […]


Online Hate and Harassment: The Trouble with Trolling

“Don’t Feed the Trolls.” But why? And who gets trolled and why? Goals: Understand the politics around gender and race regarding being attacked online Protect and defend your digital identity Suggested Readings: Speak Up & Stay Safe(r): A Guide to Protecting Yourself From Online Harassment Jaclyn Friedman, Anita Sarkeesian and Renee Bracey Sherman Why I’m Masquerading As A […]


Working for the Web

We use our phones and our devices for social media purposes, but do we ever think about the work that goes into producing our hardware, coding our software, or supporting the networks that make this all possible? From the mines where the metals are retrieved, to the factories that put the phones together, to all […]


Wikipedia

Wikipedia is one of the largest and most heavily-trafficked websites in the world, and its structure and collaborative model make the world’s knowledge available to anyone. It’s been blamed for killing off encyclopedias, for enabling plagiarists, and for making Internet users intellectually lazy. It has also been called “The greatest work of literature in history.” […]