“N.Y.C. What is it About You? You’re Big, You’re Loud, You’re Tough.”

The three projects my group focused on in class were Digital Harlem, The Roaring Twenties and Gulag: Many Days, Many Lives. The first two projects were fairly similar: They both documented certain aspects of life in New York City in the 1920s. Digital Harlem worked to educate visitors to the website on the lives of African Americans. The Roaring Twenties shows visitors, via a database of sounds generated from videos, police reports and recordings from the Official Noise Abatement Commission, that noise has always been a problem in cities, particularly in New York City. Both utilize maps to present the information, although The Roaring Twenties also uses lists with various categories as well. The last website is different. It provides viewers with information on Gulag camps in a fashion similar to a museum, in that there are sections on the website concerning various aspects of Gulag camps. It even has a tab titled, “Exhibits.”

Though there is not one set definition of “digital humanities,” Lincoln Mullen in his article, “The Backward Glance,” outlined some examples of scholars partaking in the digital humanities, notably in the pursuit of information. Similarly, Anne Burdick wrote, “Digital_Humanities adopts a different view: It envisages the present era as one of exceptional promise for the renewal of humanistic scholarship and sets out to demonstrate the contributions of contemporary humanities scholarship to new modes of knowledge formation enabled by networked, digital environments” (Burdick, Anne. “Humanities to Digital Humanities.” Digital Humanities. Cambridge: MIT, 2012. 7. Print.). All three of these websites described above provide information via the digital world–a relatively new way to attain knowledge–in order for scholars, students and anyone interested to access it for various purposes.

Digital Harlem and The Roaring Twenties were both very interesting in their presentation of the information. I liked how they took the location of various occurrences in New York City and gave the visitor specific events that happened there and what that location was like in the 1920s. It was almost like the websites took the viewer back in time.

Though I am unsure of what I would like to do subject wise for my final project, these websites gave me ideas for the formatting of my project, as I like the idea of utilizing specific locations to present information.

Note: The title of this blog post is a line from the musical Annie. Here is the citation:

Strouse, Charles, and Thomas Meehan. “N.Y.C.” Rec. 1980. Broadway Original Cast. Charles Strouse Publishing; Edwin H. Morris & Co. A Div. of MPL Communications, Inc., 1976. Metrolyrics. Web. 1 Sept. 2017. <http://www.metrolyrics.com/nyc-lyrics-annie.html&gt;.

Thanks for reading!

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