Imagine sitting at your dinner table with your family, you are talking about paying your bills which has been the one constant subject in my life, and then the phrase “I read a very interesting piece the other day from the university of California” gets said. While this sort of conversation can theoretically happen in one family imagine all UCSD families saying this simple phrase, but how could they, the information is closed off to the student who goes to the academy as if an eighteen year old with no work experience is more deserving than a forty year old farmer, and even if bothRead More →

After reading Working in Public I’ve decided I’m now incredibly interested in the concept of open access scholarship, and what it can do for not only institutions that don’t have the means to access a wealth of databases like the University of California system does, but also for the education of the general public. (I’m currently questioning if my increasing enthusiasm for each subject we look into is a reflection on my “sheep”ness or Erin’s ability to find interesting topics I just so happen to really like.) To my understanding, academics, and particularly higher education, was built on elitism, specifically in class and race. It isRead More →

While both of the readings were interesting I gravitated most towards the manifesto because it offered ideas on how to fix or move forward as oppose of the pedagogy which only highlighted the problem. The manifesto also echoed some of my same beliefs, like universities needing to be open to the general public since they are supposed to be the centers of knowledge. Even students attending the university are presented with an expected gratitude that academic journals are free for the students, but in 2018 free information is to be expected. In this day and age information is not a luxury, but an expected commodity.Read More →

Rebellion against the capitalist digital realm seems alluring in the same way that tipping over cars does while apart of a mob. In the heat of the moment, the act might feel like a statement to some establishment, but in reality, an innocent owner of the vehicle takes the hit. The question then becomes how can we express our dissatisfaction against the system without harming (possibly innocent) individuals? In Chris Gilliard’s “Pedagogy and the Logic of Platforms,” he speaks of “leveraging the classroom to make visible the effects of surveillance capitalism” (Gilliard). I am concerned with this statement for a few reasons. Firstly, any timeRead More →

After reading Manifesto and Pedagogy and the Logic of Platforms, I have a deeper understanding of the problem and have lived through the transformation from, “no internet” to now and comprehend that we are now global at our fingertips giving us access to more facts in nano seconds. The world wide web is the way of the future and there is no stopping it, so finding a way to navigate through all this information is crucial and takes patience. Solving problems with humanities and art is a good start to a global issue. I am excited to see what we can come up with as a groupRead More →

Reading both Gillard’s and the Manifesto, I was drawn to the concept of changing the web and seeking ways to understand the new consequences. Growing up alongside the advancement of technology, I was not aware of how much became obsolete and how much became valuable. The idea of information and knowledge at the tip of our fingers is an incredible feat but it’s now normalized to many that have access. Gillard’s words of “surveillance capitalism” puts into perspective the frightening ability of the web to dictate our lives beyond our control. The ability to capitalize on what we simply search and look for is dangerous butRead More →

Shel Savage is a transfer student making this her “third year” at UC San Diego studying Art History as a Major and Minor in Film Production. Her interests in history and technology have led her to the KNIT R & D platform to research and develop ideas. Also to curate making KNIT a platform, that is to easy to navigate. This will be done creatively with research and collaboration with a team of students dedicated to the humanities.Read More →

After reading “The Digital Humanities Manifesto 2.0” and “Pedagogy and the Logic of Platforms” i can admit to being filled with excitement by the possibilities a collaboration between the humanities and technology presents, and filled with dread, anger, and a healthy amount of loathing for the parasitic pervasiveness of capitalism to get me to finally read Das Kapital and/or The Communist Manifesto. @Capitalism: Look what you made me do. My current interests/questions/fears include… How do we fight against the internet as a medium for information capitalism? Can it be restructured or does it have to be destroyed and rebuilt? Perhaps, as Chris Gilliard says, the internet isn’tRead More →