When answering the question: What are the digital humanities and what are the deformed humanities, I think the first question we must ask is what are we? And who gave us the authority to determine the answer to either of the first two questions? As you might be able to guess the direction I'm headed in here, I believe that the best part of theory is deconstruction. The digital humanities, as well as deformed humanities deal very much with deconstruction of texts and ideas as a whole. It is a cycle, or a dance and we go round and round; never really finishing, but always starting over where we began. You cannot deconstruct anything without an original copy. The deconstructed version of a text could very well be the original for somebody else. Humanities, especially the digital and deformed fashioned ones deal with this first hand.
Without the concept of deconstruction and poststructuralism, there would be no digital or deformed humanities. Everybody in the whole entire world should understand that we create our own contexts, nothing is ever set in stone for us; whether in terms of text, or the every day circumstances of our lives.
One of the best pieces from the Deformed Humanities reading was that broken pieces are just a beginning. We begin to form the day we realize that we are broken and that is okay. The example in the article was Humpty Dumpty and how he didn't actually HAVE to be put back together except that it made the fairy tale sound good. Any text that is broken down is just a new beginning for something just as, if not moreso, beautiful than the original.
The digital and deformed humanities are a beautiful thing that we can examine in any way we please and that is what makes them unique based on the person who approaches them. I may have a different view on a digital database than the person sitting next to me in the library as I type this, but we both absorb the information given to us by the digital database uniquely and that's the point.
Nobody needed to give us the power to make these judgement calls; we just did that on our own. That's what the digital and deformed humanities are: making comments, understandings, and observations on what we see and how that impacts us overall.