Final Project: Archaeology and the Age of Technology

Hello Reader,

The following post is part of my final project assessment in my Digital Humanities course; it explains my reasoning for creating this blog in the first place.

For my final project in Intro to Digital Humanities I created a blog through WordPress dedicated to my major, archaeology. I chose to create a blog because I thought it would be interesting to discover whether blogging could be found beneficial within my field. Also my field has the reputation for being conventional, mostly consisting of book work, boring, and out dated. My ambition with this project is to dispute those claims and increase interest into archaeology again. As human beings I think it is essential that we are aware of our heritage and strive to preserve the achievements humanity has accomplished, not only to remember where we have been, but to learn from ourselves and better humanity in the future.

“If you would understand anything, observe its beginning and its development.”
-Aristotle

In my blog I focused mainly on incorporating the use of technology, various forms of digital media, and several other topics discussed in class. Furthermore I wrote about my current research, archaeological topics that interested me, excavations and archaeological surveys I am involved in, and several other projects I am working on. To my surprise I found blogging to be beneficial. Before hand I did not regard blogging in an academic sense.

However I found the most innovative features that blogging possessed were receiving/sending feedback and gaining mass exposure. It was flattering to receive feedback and “likes” from fellow archaeologists, professors, researchers, and other individuals from across the globe. Not only was it flattering, but the mass scale of exposure was astonishing. To further increase my blog exposure I posted links and attention grabbing prompts within the Archaeology Page on FaceBook. It was intriguing to witness how instantaneously I received responses. Even more surprisingly once I really got into blogging I had accumulated 93 homepage views in a single day, a current amount of 14 Word Press subscribers, 1,625 FaceBook subscribers, and an unexpected total of 737 total homepage views within only two months. After viewing these statistics it was clear to me blogging can most definitely be used academically and benefit any individual in any major.

I found the responses to be additionally useful and encouraging. I was offered guidance, given encouragement, suggested solutions to my questions, provided other people’s opinions and I found it rather entertaining to tee off controversial debates. Blogging made it possible to further expose my mind to new thoughts and ideas that I otherwise wouldn’t have come across. I think it is important that individuals in all fields of study take advantage of technology and what it can offer. Technology such as blogging encourages interaction and compels an individual to acquire knowledge through additional means and further expand one’s thought process.

Links

Homepage
About Author
Site, Ayn Abu Nukhaylah: TU Page
Digital Humanities Course
Archaeology FaceBook Page

Blog Posts (beginning from oldest to most recent)

Hello World
Multimedia and Archaeology
Archaeology Podcast
What’s Your Archive?
Mapping & Social Network Analysis in Archaeology
Archaeological Humor
New Manners of Thinking
Digitalization of Text
Reading & Textuality in Archaeology
Archaeological Survey in Hominy, Oklahoma
Archaeological Time Machine?? Think POSSIBLE

Thanks for reading and THANK YOU to all of my followers and those of you who responded to my posts! You all made this a very positive experience and I look forward to bettering my blogging potentiality. 🙂

Ashley Brown

Video Games, Digital Fiction & Poetry

I found many of the digital fictions and poetry we went over in class to be very similar in nature and function as video games. I play many video games and find it hard for one to successfully incorporate literature along with that. When looking at the digital poetry and fictions I found the “video game” aspects distracting and felt like they took away from the meaning of the literature. I also did not even find the meaning that the author was trying to convey and felt like the effort was a waste of time on both parts. However I can see how these forms of literature can further expand the potential of a work, but that all depends on the presentation.

Ashley Brown

Video Games

How do you see the relationships between video games and some of the other media we’ve looked at this semester?

Video games, and some of the online videos, poems and interactive sites we have seen this semester both make you learn about the story and purpose by going deeper into it. In video games you complete quests and do missions to dive into the story and game. In pomes like the ones from last class you have to interact with the story and media to read the poem.

Both use media interaction and give you control to search through the stories and learn about their purpose.

Video Games and their Relations

How do you see the relationships between video games and some of the other media we’ve looked at this semester?

Video games and any other media requires an interface, a console and some form of code for the machine to run. Although media is very diverse and is used in many different ways it is created in the same process. Like YouTube for example, YouTube is a site to watch music videos, you may not be playing a game or controlling the scenes produced on the screen but it is made in the same manner, with graphics and sound and you must have some sort of interface or console to watch it on. So despite of the differences on how we use different media all of it is similiar based on how we design these things.

As far as the types of media, I think alot of the digital poems related to Video games pretty well because you actually got to interact with the screen with the mouse or keyboard. For example, Today I Die was a video game wrapped in a poem and you had to figure out the clues to know how to make it through the entire poem and set the girl free. I think using Video games and graphic design is going to change alot of how we learn teach and express ourselves. In this class I have learned alot about many different programs and sites I never knew existed and there are many more out there waiting to be discovered.

The Nature of Text

I was particularly interested in the website, Dreaming Methods. The Digital Fiction Projects were impressive and innovative in presenting text in a nontraditional way. I first viewed the project called, The Diary. It is a fictional diary based on an eight year old girl named Anne Sykes. I found the presentation to be rather depressing in nature. The media attached along to the text contributed to the perception of depression. I found the images to be rather dark and creepy; the music full of rage, anger, and suspense. Unlike a physical book the text is presented in an extremely alternative manner. The text is out of order, is presented to the reader at various different paces, and the reader can interact with the various objects within the project. Moreover I found it rather difficult to follow along with the story line, I was distracted by the music and various interactions, and was not able to read all of the text because it simply vanished before I could. However I think that this text presentation technique can be useful and ultimately bring alive a literary work in an effective way. After further analysis of The Diary I came to the confusion that it was the author’s intention to present this text in such a contradictory manner. The contradictions I had with the lab created feelings of confusion, annoyance, and so on. These emotions put the reader in the place of the character by causing one to feel a taste of the emotions that the character does. Along with the obvious interactions the metaphysical ones are the most effective and bring the literary work to new potential.

Ashley Brown