“When I got my first television set, I stopped caring so much about having close relationships.” — Andy Warhol “In the future, everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes,” is without a doubt Andy Warhol’s most famous quote. Eerily predictive of the twenty-first century’s stars who are famous for “being famous,” this quote encapsulates…. Continue reading “Why Study Popular Culture? Why Study the Kardashians?”.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to read the dialogue that passes between members of the Kardashian family on Keeping Up with the Kardashians? To have those seemingly intimate conversations and confessions in the form of a literary production that is open to analysis, interpretation, and text mining? Me neither. Not until…. Continue reading “Reading the Kardashians”.
Given our subject matter for the 2016-17 Praxis cohort, we recognized early on that we would be grappling with a very different sort of archive than we’ve grown accustomed to as humanists. Instead of the stacks, journal databases, manuscripts, and historical objects, we’d have to take a serious look at Facebook, Instagram, Vine, Snapchat, and…. Continue reading “Working with an Archive of the ‘Now’”.
We started this semester thinking about time and the ways time is structured, pathologized, and altered. And when it came to finding an access point for these questions, a project, if you will, we found it in an unlikely source: Initially, as serious grad students, we were a bit resistant/hesitant to stake our entire…. Continue reading “Time, Twitter, and Keeping Up with the Kardashians”.
One of the recurrent issues I noticed when our Praxis cohort began discussing the meaning of the digital humanities was the field’s need to justify its existence. At the beginning of the semester, we read articles about digital humanities as a “tactical term” and the kind of institutional, financial affiliations necessary to sustain DH labs…. Continue reading “Why not build another digital humanities tool?”.
Unlike previous cohorts of Praxis, we did not have a topic or project assigned to us when we came into the program. Rather, our fearless leaders at the Scholars Lab took a chance. Our assignment: “time, temporality, go!” The first impulse was to directly challenge the traditional conceptions of time, linear time. Our cohort, made…. Continue reading “Praxis on Choosing a Subject of Study, or, How did we come to the Kardashians?”.
Over the course of the Fall 2016 semester, Praxis fellows participated in weekly meetings to discuss key topics relevant to the field of the digital humanities. At the beginning of the academic year, we considered the numerous debates about the definition of the digital humanities, relying on the collection of articles, Debates in the Digital…. Continue reading “Discussions in the Digital Humanities and Learning New Technologies in the Scholars’ Lab”.
Time is a massive concept. If you were asked to think about it – how it works, feels, changes, what it looks like, how people go about talking about it, or representing it – where would you start? As a person interested and invested in critical theory, my initial reflex would be to go to philosophers,…. Continue reading “Time and Praxis: 2015-2016”.
You have watched The Lego Movie I hope. It is a story about an individual who seems to be happy alone with his own routine as a ‘normal’ person, but one day finds out he is ‘the chosen one’ meant to save people. He does not believe in himself and his ability to be the…. Continue reading “Everything Is (Not Always) AWESOME When You’re Part of a Team!”.
It was my third blank screen. I switched back over to my text editor and tried again. I looked at the format of my PHP, looked at my functions. I looked up the PHP documentation, deleted elements that did not seem right, and saved again. Back in my browser, the screen was still blank. Last…. Continue reading “Novice struggles and expert blindness: How my discomfort with PHP will make me a better instructor”.
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