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 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.

Management Information Systems in the Brewing Industry

For my podcast I described how management information systems was used in the production of beer. I chose this topic because my major is MIS and brewing beer is a hobby of mine. Throughout this process I learned a lot about making podcasts. First of all I could not believe how difficult it was to make a podcast under two minutes. By the time you described what you were talking about the podcast should have already ended. Also I found recording the voice to be extremely difficult. With Imovie it seemed difficult to match up the voice with the pictures without chopping everything up. In addition, the podcast seemed so boring with just pictures and audio. It was like listening to a really boring book on tape. Thats why I decided to just record my podcast entirely by video. I feel like video podcasts allow the user to get a better picture of the topic.

All in all I did enjoy making the podcast, and I definitely have more respect for people who make podcasts for a living. Making a podcast is not something I want to do everyday but it was a unique experience.

Evan’s Podcast

My Podcast was about Alcohol Advertising, and what kind of effect it is having on youth under the age of 21.  It was interesting to see both sides of the story.  Before I researched the topic, I had pretty much assumed that the alcohol industry did not care whether or not they were advertising to youth or not, because that is all I had ever heard on reports from the news, or from articles.  Researching the topic led me to discover that there actually is a lot of self regulation from within the alcohol industry, which I found interesting.
While making my podcast, I used the Windows Movie Maker program, which was incredibly easy to use.  It was very friendly, and I was able to self teach myself everything I needed to know.  The features are pretty simple and very effective.  The only difficult part was changing my video into a .wmv file, but once I figured that out, the rest was simple. Also, my video is only 2 minutes long, but for some reason it says it is like 7 minutes long. After the 2 minute video, there’s like 5 minutes of black silence on the screen.  I couldn’t figure out how to get rid of that either.