Week 9 – Thoughts on Topics presented

This week we covered a few topics, ranging in breadth and complexity. We read about Gnosis and Poiesis, and we employ more of the Gnosis line of thought or conceptual/inactive lines of thought in humanities versus Poiesis which is a more active line of thought.

We also discussed algorithms and biases that can come from said algorithms as they are a reflection of one’s own opinions/beliefs.

We also discussed Critical Humanities as well as Digital Humanities as a whole in broader strokes.

My takeaway from these topics is that Digital Humanities is a complex and still growing system that many have different opinions on. We still have much work to do in order to ensure that we create an ecosystem that isn’t a massive echo chamber for those with the loudest voices or most influence. Often times Digital Humanities can be a tricky field to navigate as some may wish not to engage with the subject and keep their materials away from the field. I think that Digital humanities will change greatly over the coming years as everyone around the world begins to work toward a unified system of beliefs and goals that represent exactly what we all ideally see in the format. I feel that there are going to be many arguments over what Digital Humanities can and should cover, but inevitably I believe that our society will work toward digitizing nearly everything in our world. I think that creation and innovation will be key to opening up Digital Humanities to more and more people all around the world and that we do in fact need to follow more of a Poiesis line of thought in the works within the field. Overall, I think that Digital Humanities has near limitless potential, however, it will take a lot of effort to see it grow and evolve over the years as it races to compete with our technological advancements.

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