I figured for my last blog post, that it would be cool to share what I learned from taking Technologies of Text.
This class was a lot like I pictured it to be, and I went back to the course description on knightline to see if it matched up with what we were told to expect.
“When you hear the word ¿technology,¿ you may think of your computer or iPhone. You probably don¿t think of the alphabet, the book, or the printing press: but each of these inventions was a technological innovation that changed dramatically how we communicate and perhaps even how we think. Texts are at the heart of most disciplines in the humanities¿literature, philosophy, history, religious studies¿but this course will argue that technology and humanistic study are deeply intertwined. Literature in English, for instance, has always developed in tandem¿and usually in direct response to¿the development of new technologies¿e.g. printed texts, newspaper publication, radio, film, television, the internet. Our primary objective in this course will be to develop ideas about the ways that modern innovations, including computers and the internet, continue to shape our understanding of texts (both classic and contemporary) and the human beings that write, read, and interpret them. In order to help us understand these recent changes, we will compare our own historical moment with previous periods of textual and technological upheavals in Western Culture. We¿ll learn that many of the debates that seem unique to the twenty-first century¿over privacy, intellectual property, and textual authority¿are but new iterations of familiar battles in the tumultuous history of technology and literature. We will see how modern scholars are illuminating these debates in our textual past using the rapidly changing tools of our textual present: e.g. geographic information systems, data mining, textual analysis. Finally, we will gain new skills for working with texts as we develop digital projects using texts from the Center for Norbertine Studies¿ special collections library.
I remember doing everything that this course description said we would be doing and I just wanted to share the top 5 things I learned.
1. How we interpret texts or literature depends on the way it is presented to us. (E-lit for the win).
2. Making an Omeka Exhibit is a ton of work and not as easy as it sounds.
3. I am both afraid and excited for the new technologies that will be surfacing after learning about how our newer technologies today are already changing our world and the way we live.
4. I need an Ipad, and maybe if I tell my parents that it will make me a better student, then they will pay for it.
5. I enjoyed the new experience of checking my twitter, because I didn’t have it before this class- but now I’m learning that celebrities post stuff every two seconds, and its even more annoying than the 19 year old girl on facebook complaining about her love life.