Digital Archives

Spades– Book Club readings

So this week we are going to be conducting our book clubs! I’m super excited and I ready to have a discussion on the reading. Heres my thoughts on each of the readings:

For Comfort and Posterity, Digital Archives Gather Crowds -By Jennifer Howard

This article details how Our Marathon( which is a digital archive of the Boston Marathon bombing) got started and the effect it has had. Its interesting because it allows anyone to add to the collection and share their account of the tragic event.

Questions I want to share during the book club about this article:

  1. Should there be more of these digital humanities/archival sites? If yes, what type of events could/should become archived?
  2.  Is there something the digital archive of an event like this one can offer that a physical archive can not?

Happy Endings – by Margaret Atwood

 This was a really interesting short story. It was an alternative plot  story about relationships. I’ve never read a story that allowed you to pick the plot so this was new and fun. However it was a bit pessimistic in the outcomes of each relationship.

Questions I want to share during the book club about this article:

  1. Would the story have a different feel if the female character role was switched with the males?
  2. Are these plots realistic?

The Syrian Opposition is Disappearing from Facebook – By Michael Pizzi

News article that narrates: the story of Ammar Hamidou and his involvement with they Syrian Revolution; Facebook’s role in this and other forms of activism; and Facebook’s removal of activism pages.

Questions I want to share during the book club about this article:

  1. What expectation do people have of the preservation of information posted to Facebook?
  2. How does the tone and vocabulary used throughout the story shape our understanding of this issue?

Bluebeard

This fairy tale is about a wife who found out a horrifying fact about her husband. She disobeyed his orders and entered a room her warned her not to go into.

Questions I want to share during the book club about this article:

  1. Would he have killed her regradless ofif she entered the room? Was this a test?
  2. Why was his beard blue-ish and what did that have to do with the story?
  3. Satisfy your curiosity or live in bliss–which would you choose if you were the wife in this story?

 

Til next time…shhh