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Desire and Fear in Suburbia: The Lasting Legacy of White Flight on Suburban Attitudes Toward Race

This post excerpts portions of an NEH proposal written as a project for this class. Nature of the request This proposal requests an NEH Digital Projects for the Public Discovery Grant of $30,000 for planning, research, and initial design of … Continue reading

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Who is Feeling Optimistic? Response to Week 12 Reading

Is the glass half full or half empty? The subtitle of Zeynep Tufekci’s Twitter and Tear Gas invites us to read the book either way: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest. Or both ways at once, of course, this … Continue reading

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Digital Humanities or Public Humanities? A Review of The Vinegar Hill Project

“I never meta Digital Humanities project I did not like.” Attributed to Will Rogers? In the meta-spirit of digital humanities I begin with this question: Where does the ostensible subject of a digital humanities project end and digital humanities itself … Continue reading

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Holy Digitization, Batman!

Hopefully I can get you to spend a few minutes with the video. I’m not sure that what follows will make total sense without having seen it. Of course, it might not even if you do! What gets bigger the … Continue reading

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A report from the other side of search: a personal reflection on Algorithms of Oppression

  “Because most of Google’s revenue is derived from advertising, it is important to consider advertising as a media practice with tremendous power in shaping culture and society.” Safiya Umoja Noble (105). I begin with full disclosure, or even a … Continue reading

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From Jazz Rhythms to Algorithms: Reflections on Week 3 Readings

Okay, finally got off of YouTube and back to the readings! We hear a lot these days about people living in social and political bubbles through their selective use of media. The historical arc of these and last week’s essays—from … Continue reading

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Off-syllabus but on-point to this week’s discussion on technology

No, not even near finished with the week’s readings–so this is not my next week’s official post. (Oh, the dangers of digital as I procrastinate by jumping around the internet!) But I did come across this from Jill Lepore in … Continue reading

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