Digital Narrative

Like a proud child of 21st century computers have been always present in my life. I can’t remember a time where I couldn’t download a movie or find something to read by just Google-ing it.

End of semester

After a semester in college I have realized the enormous need for easily accessible information about anything and everything. The use is simple: there is a lot of research to be done in order to understand our reality and creations. Undergrads are thought to access databases, learn to search properly and use different softwares to understand their material. And now I am going to share some of my experience with the digital world in my studies from this and other classes during this semester.

  • Using university library
    universities are big and old institutions for knowledge so they have huge amounts of data stored.
  • Using other databases
    better yet there are huge archives, issues collections, libraries, thematic studies and others. Some accounts are paid but the uni may provide license but there are many that are free.
  • Searching like a pro
    people’s associations are different so searching for many key words that may provide results is very important; making networks helped me see how people’s subjectivity in creating nodes and edges affects the methods for searching
  • Software is your friend
    starting from autocorrect in Word, to Anttext which allows you to analyze texts, to SketchUp which allows you to make 3d models. Many crowdsourcing projects may have valuable information for you. Presenting and understanding information in practical formats like these makes you gain more insight about it and allows for better understanding of you audience.
  • Privacy is important
    The saying “I have got nothing to hide so I don’t need privacy” is not a support for allowing constant monitoring of individuals. Because when it is already monitored there is no choice but this state because otherwise the person would be prosecuted. Assumed mistrust is not helpful for anyone.
  • Crowdsource
    Working with people is the best way to finish and expand work. There are probably many others already interested in what you are doing. Ask them for partnership. Build on their shoulders.
  • I also gained skills while using various softwares. I advanced my HTML, XML, CSV, TEI, skp knowledge.

    But the most important thing that I learned is reflecting on my work in writing, and making it public. Having to write about the things I did for work made me think more about them, clarify my knowledge and be able to transfer it.

    Beginning of semester

    I have always tried to improve my abilities to Google search, which is one of the hardest parts of the user friendly section of the Internet. Google is both an amazing machine that we are all very happy about having but it is also a nightmare of random information. Because of this fact students are discouraged from using the Internet as their source, even thought it is the most extensive source of information. Instead of messing up the students with illogical statements such as the Internet is unreliable, maybe people should work to make the Internet intelligible. But that’s another topic…

    Data: scary, eh? But it is not scary for me because of it’s largeness and mathematical structure – I know I have a computer to deal with that. It is scary because it is kept somewhere. Everything you have even done in the virtual space is inevitably stored somewhere. From the movies and games you pirate on your own HDD to your cookies to all of your personal information, your kinky secrets and private blogs. These things are data you have created but the moment you did create it, it is no longer really yours. I am sorry.

    My favorite part intersection between computing and humanities is the genre of games called interactive media. This is quite similar to book-games, like they appeared in the 80s but with the help of computers the choices and the actions one can take are numerous and you need only a device. Reading the story you wrote, ain’t it cool?
    Another part of course is the magic of programming languages: logic, linguistics and maths. And then you learn how to talk to a computer. It is not really alive but you still can have a conversation, disagreement and all kinds of other interactions with a computer. Given that you learn it’s language.

    I have had some, but quite limited experience with HTML, and naturally CSS. I also know the basics of C++, C#, and Java script.

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