This blog explores the digital humanities and their increasing prevalence in society. It incorporates various investigations of online text analysis tools (often through the lens of James Joyce’s Dubliners) with a collection of other materials relevant to the digitization of literature and history. Due to its eagerness to explore, adapt, and improve, the field of digital humanities is rapidly growing worldwide. The popularity of digital-humanities-related projects manifests itself in television shows, mainstream websites, and even iPhone apps. This blog uncovers and critiques these manifestations. It is part of a portfolio for my Digital Humanities course at Boston College.
Aesthetics and Formatting
My goal in formatting this blog was to create a clean and user-friendly platform that, while remaining stimulating, does come across as too busy. To do this, I picked the “Forever” theme. It is simple yet attractive, and its almost exclusive use of greyscale allows for a great deal of color within posts. “Forever” afforded me the freedom to focus on the content on my blog posts without be constrained by formatting limitations, and allowed me to organize the blog’s posts in a way that requires minimal effort on the behalf of its visitors. Because it is not a premium (paid) theme, however, “Forever” has its limitations. While I would have preferred to have a more prominently-featured title, I was unable to change its font. In an effort to combat this problem, I wrote “Joyce goes digital” in all capital letters. This title seemed suitable because it incorporates the two main themes of the blog: the digital humanities and Joyce and Dubliners. In a society where more and more aspects of day-to-day life seem to be “going digital” each year (in domains ranging from self-checkout at grocery stores to iPhone apps that allow users to transfer money and cash checks), it is almost comical to think of an early 20th Century writer doing the same.
I believe that the header I selected perfectly matches the blog’s title. It is a screenshot of a computer with an image of James Joyce set as its desktop background. Because it integrates Joyce and technology, it successfully represents the contents of the rest of the blog. Its black, white, and a hint-of-blue color scheme even matches that of “Forever.” The header is, essentially, Joyce “going digital.”
This blog is organized with two tabs: “Home” and “Categories.” “Home” simply describes the project, and “Categories” attempts to logically organize the remaining blog posts. It accomplishes this through providing three sub-tabs: “Analysis Tools,” “Dubliners,” and “Digital Humanities in the Media.” Evaluations of humanities-oriented websites and computer programs can be found under “Analysis Tools,” the “Dubliners” section contains analyses of some of the book’s short stories, and “Digital Humanities in the Media” is comprised of of instances and implications of the digital humanities in popular culture. Because a great deal of the content overlaps, posts that apply to more than one category can be found in multiple sub-tabs.
Hopefully, visitors find “Joyce goes Digital” as straightforward, user-friendly, and intellectually stimulating as I intend it to be.