Interpretation and Visualized Information

The song that Alex and I chose for this assignment is “Mess Is Mine” by Vance Joy. Below are the lyrics to the song:

Talking like we used to do
It was always me and you
Shaping up and shipping out
Check me in and check me out

Do you like walking in the rain?
When you think of love, do you think of pain?
You can tell me what you see
I will choose what I believe

Hold on, darling
This body is yours,
This body is yours and mine
Well hold on, my darling
This mess was yours,
Now your mess is mine

Your mess is mine

You’re the reason that I feel so strong
The reason that I’m hanging on
You know you gave me all the time
Oh, did I give enough of mine?

Hold on, darling
This body is yours,
This body is yours and mine
Well hold on, my darling
This mess was yours,
Now your mess is mine

Bring me to your house
Tell me sorry for the mess
Hey, I don’t mind
You’re talking in your sleep
Out of time
Well, you still make sense to me
Your mess is mine

Your mess is mine
This body’s yours and this body’s mine
Your mess is mine

When we agreed on a song, I had never heard of “Mess Is Mine.” I listened to Vance Joy in the past, and I really like his work and was excited to listen to it- I highly recommend it!

To me, this song is catchy, and holds a lot of meaning. “Mess Is Mine” tells me a man speaking to a woman he loves, saying that love, specifically their love, isn’t perfect. There will be some rain, and pain that accompanies it. It merely matters what you chose to focus on, and he will focus on her. Over the course of the song, they seem to have broken up, and also have gotten back together, which is a ‘mess’ as well. He doesn’t seem to mind because they are united corporeally. Therefore, whatever mess they make, they equally share in it. Humans make mistakes, and he seems to understand that. They are each others strength in their own individual pain and ‘mess’, and despite her confusion, he understands.

When looking at the Word Cloud that was created, it was interesting to see the most frequent words bolded, the largest being ‘mess,’ and then ‘hold,’ ‘darling,’ and ‘body.’ It makes me focus more on the refrain, because I was too focused about the depth in the storyline and the title. The medium sized words are ‘body’s,’ ‘check,’ ‘think,’ ‘time,’ ‘well,’ ‘talking,’ body,’ ‘see’, and ‘walking”, which I think is pretty neat because it focuses on action both in mind and body. The Word Cloud offered a neat perspective, focusing on the words as opposed to the storyline, and words have depth and meaning in them too. Each, has their own story.

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Categorizing, Sharing Research Information

After researching new ways to take notes without using pen and paper, I can say that I am very impressed. The tools that I found are free to download and are very helpful. I personally would be happy with using any of these tools. In truth, some were preferred than others because they are familiar (Onenote.)  Some, I have heard of and never used before (Evernote), and others I have never heard of and thought they would be rather helpful (Thoughtbox).  There are a lot of creative tools available, its amazing what you can find when you put in a little time and effort.

 

What is ‘Digital Humanities’ and why does it matter?

‘Technology in the Digital Liberal Arts’ is a course that is offered at Mount St. Mary’s University. Thus, it is reasonable to delve into questions concerning the Digital Humanities; What is it? What is it not? The term ‘Humanities’ are “academic disciplines which study human culture.”[1] Digital Humanities is an extension of the Humanities, it is a “natural outgrowth and expansion of the traditional scope, not a replacement or rejection of traditional humanistic inquiry.”[2] Even though there is a lot of definitions for Digital Humanities, it “interprets the cultural and social impact of new media and information technologies- the fundamental components of the new information age- as well as creates and applies these technologies to answer cultural, social, historical, and philosophical questions, both those traditionally conceive and those only enabled by new technologies.” However, “The use of digital tools for the use of humanistic research and communication does not qualify as Digital Humanities. Nor, as already noted, is Digital Humanities to be understood as the study of digital artifacts, new media, contemporary culture in place of physical artifacts, old media or historical culture. On the contrary, Digital Humanities understands its object of study as the entire human record, from prehistory to the present.”[3] Therefore, in my opinion, Digital Humanities is the application of technology to answer questions in the humanities, not necessarily the study of technology or the study of human life.

Digital Humanities matter because we are a culture that is technologically advanced, mostly everyone has some sort of electronic that they use on a daily basis. Technology impacts us personally and universally. It is important to articulate this impact and focus and use it in a way that furthers our learning and understanding of the humanities. It provides “many new opportunities and challenges…exploring their roles.”[4] This should matter to us as college students, because we are a part of a liberal arts education and we should be using technology more to answer questions in the humanities.

Articles on Digital Humanities Used:

[1] Roger Gillis, “Digital Humanities,” Dalhousie University, http://dal.ca.libguides.com/digitalhumanities (accessed August 24, 2017).

[2] David Golumbia, “’Digital Humanities’: Two Definitions,” Uncomputing, http://www.uncomputing.org/?p=203 (accessed August 24, 2017).

[3] Ibid.

[4] Kings College London, “Digital Humanities MA,” KCL, https://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/digital-humanities-ma.aspx (accessed August 24, 2017).