Two Weeks in One

Sorry for the lack of posting, but I was sick over the last two weeks and are only now getting back into a routine. First off, I cannot believe that it is November already?!? It only seems like yesterday I was only starting in UCC and trying to find my way around campus. But to realise that I am almost finished semester one is completely mind boggling.

Anyway, to ease back into the whole blogging game I thought it would be a good idea to give you an overview of the topics that we have been learning about in one of our Digital Humanities modules. Last Friday, we got to hear from one of the PHD students, Pedro Fernàndez Dorado, about his project involving Catalan writer Manuel de Pedrolo. Not to give too much away, Pedro’s project is based around digitally mapping the narrative of Pedrolo’s work alongside the development of the Catalan National literacy space.  During his presentation, Pedro brought up the subject of censorship as he had run into issues with Wikipedia, where he had tried to edit Pedrolo’s Wikipedia page to change the writer’s nationality from Spanish to Catalan.

Personally, I think that this idea of censorship has been around for the last few months, especially on sites like Twitter where we feel the need to almost triple check our tweet before we send it for fear it would upset someone or trigger someone. The term trigger or triggered has popped up more and more in recent months online and as the Urban Dictionary describes it, “An emotional/psychological reaction caused by something that somehow relates to an upsetting time or happening in someone’s life.” Don’t get me wrong, this is a natural response but lately I feel like the word is being overused and my worry is that somewhere along the line, it might lose its meaning and could take on another meaning, which brings me to this weeks class where we had another PHD student named Jack who began new lectures on the topic of the media and the idea of remediation. 

For those who don’t know, believe me, I didn’t until this morning, the term remediation means to transform the original media into a new media. For example turning a traditional book into an ebook or film. Naturally, this interested me as an English minor who is very protective of her beloved book collection which is constantly growing!

But as I said in my previous blog post, I have made the move to digital when it comes to my college work purely as I have discovered a number of apps that have made my college experience a lot easier. One of these apps is Notability which is one that has taken the place fo my refill pad and my A4 binder for storing handouts. If you don’t know about the app, it allows you to take down notes along with the ability to import and annotate PDFs and Lecture Slides with all the documents then stored in your iCloud. For me, this is a type of remediation that right now I can’t live without!