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Digital Humanism — Technology + Liberal Arts

Digital Humanism — Technology + Liberal Arts | Education Tech & Tools |

"Digital Humanism

. . . Technology has bequeathed to the liberal arts a new, more expansive life. But the liberal arts also have lessons to bequeath, and we ignore them at our peril.


. . . We are in the midst of a great sea change. Humanists are swimming, and occasionally sinking, in an embarrassment of informational riches. The hierarchies that historically made the liberal arts possible are crumbling. Like it or not, technology is the driving force in a new, digital humanism


. . . If we take from the liberal arts one guideline on how to inhabit an increasingly non-analog world, it should be this digital humanities mission statement: 'to remain aware of the uncertain, varied, unruly terrain of human existence even as that existence gets represented in digital form.'" from source:

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This blog post while focused on the Digital Humanities can be applied to many other disciplines that traditionally did not engage with computers. Well, there are always exceptions, but the use of information technology, communications, and computing were not pervasive.


I remember way back when the Macintosh first came out. I was supporting academic computing for the University of North Carolina System which included the contract for microcomputers. I have a Masters of Fine Arts and so when I planned a visit to one campus I called the Dean of the School of the Arts. I explained I'd like to show her this new computer that supported drawing, typography, and foreign language much better than anything else we had. A new first for the Arts. She wasn't interested. She said that the only computer she needed was between her ears, a pencil in her hand for output, and paper to draw on. Times have changed. A sub-text of this tale is that Technology continues to change for better and sometimes worse. It is important to keep an open mind. It is also important to listen to both sides of discussions about the applications and their value. At the moment I feel deja vu with Cloud Computing and the olde days of Mainframes in glass rooms. What would you do if you couldn't access all the Google apps and services for a week or a month? Some say no problem, others would suffer.


As the author of the blog says about a digital humanities mission statement, "to remain aware of the uncertain, varied, unruly terrain of human existence even as that existence gets represented in digital form." Keep your eyes open, look for opportunities, and watch your back. Thanks to @verbagetruck for the reminder.

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