What is Digital Humanities?

Ursula Castiblanco

Digital humanities is a new area of study that was introduced as the age of technology began to excel with exponential growth. I came into class on the first day with no idea of what the study is. I now understand it to be a new way of learning the humanities while using technology to benefit the learning process as well as preserve it. There are a few problems with acceptance of the new study of digital humanities. Although technology is something we use to understand humanity, we abuse it and strictly quantify technological data instead analyzing the data to benefit humanity (Kramer 2012). Because technology is growing and developing at such a fast rate, humans use technology easily and often forget that knowledge is a process that leads to a product (Berry 2011). Often, I have this problem; I can Google a question and have it answered in less than one second. I take that answer for granted. To my understanding, the two words “digital” and “humanities” put together mean to learn how to use the digital to ones advantage in the educational world. Because of this, we are all digital humanists (Mullen 2010). By simply using a printer to print an article, one is a digital humanist (Mullen 2010). Although the study of digital humanities is new to some and scares others, it is an important part of the future. The digital humanities enrich historical material and resources using technologies far past our capabilities as humans (Popova). I love the thought of being a digital humanist. My generation of young adults, the millennials, have begun to master the digital age. We somehow stay on top of technological advancements, learn how to use every latest gadget and product, and we are extremely proficient in useful services such as Excel, Prezi, Word, Arc GIS and so many more. We contact people from the other side of the globe and have friends who live thousands of miles away. I am a digital humanist, as is everyone who uses technology (Mullen 2010). We should not stay away from Digital Humanities due to the fear of losing tradition (Svensson 2009). If we use this area of study to benefit humanity as a whole, we will be able to create, preserve and embrace history forever.


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