What is the value of Digital Humanities? The very nature of Digital Humanities is collaborative in its approach. There is not one set definition to explain what it is exactly. There are a number of definitions out there, and each one contributes to the larger picture, or maybe pictures. So why bother with it? If it fails to be boxed, or categorised, what is the use of it? We cannot nail it down to any one thing and that is important, if not vital, in the digital age. It is ever-changing in the dynamic multiverse and digisphere. It is akin to attempting to define the internet itself, what the internet means to everyone is different because our experiences of it are very different. We find common ground sometimes and this manifests itself in for example memes we might share or enjoyment we derive from some video. Presently, the internet is a very individual experience, it is in its infancy, we need to work towards a common goal a community of internet users just the same as any city, town or village. We will do this through shared experiences. One project that I have come across recently is:
The purpose of this project is to explore the idea of reconciliation through the power of storytelling.
Already we have seen pages such as Humans of New York, Humans of Cork etc. These are pages that explore the ordinary yet thought-provoking stories of ordinary people everyday that at times can restore our faith in humanity.
Also check out Facebook.
This concept and approach is quite mesmerizing for me personally, the idea that nothing has to die or become extinct anymore. Languages, for example, can be brought to life. One example of this is the Irish language music videos made by Colaiste Lurgan on YouTube.
We can attempt to reconcile our differences, and pave the way towards preservation of what we consider to be important to us collectively. One voice need no longer supersede the other, however, one voice may speak stronger than the other to individuals in certain cases and we have to bear this in mind. Building our future together, driven by data, data that tells the bigger picture, that is all-inclusive. One that is modelled on the very essence of Digital Humanities. To reconcile, we must understand what it means to respect one another, we need suitable individuals to lead us there. People who understand the importance of data, its successes and failures, ethics, the power of its core – people themselves. People who understand the past, the present and the future, and the implications of a data-driven future, those who respect others in every way and have an understanding of and appreciate the value of this collaborative effort. Yes the future includes you but who will take you there? Can you?