Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Deformed Definitions

In the “The Landscape of Digital Humanities” article by Patrik Svensson, the digital humanities are described as being the “intersection” of the humanities and the digital world. Digital humanities are comprised of digital technology and the growing amount of angles, disciplines and methods intertwined.

                In Mark Sample’s article, “Notes towards a Deformed Humanities” we are introduced to what are called deformed humanities. To start the article, Sample talks about digital humanities which are thought to build things, but Sample argues they share things rather than build them.  He proposes and opposition to Digital Humanities, coming up with the idea of Deformed Humanities. These deformed humanities are described as being “born of broken, twisted things”. He states that by deforming something, there is an opportunity to reform it like explained in his Humpty Dumpty story or for example by changing a story-taking adjectives in Hamlet and turning them all into the same one, creating essentially a deformed or reformed story.

                I think a main characteristic that post-structuralism and the digital humanities have in common is that there are no fixed or stable meanings. The digital world can be interpreted in a variety of ways, this being a main idea post-structuralism boasts. Sample ends his article with saying that the Deformed Humanities relies on the undoing and the unknowing. The unknowing piece of this sentence makes me think of no fixed or stable meanings as well because you don’t know what the actual meaning is.

1 comment:

  1. Nice, clear linking to the principles of poststructuralism!