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  • he tt a ou di ab Me er al7 sid oci on d S o C an s t es ng iti hi anT H um
  • Some definitions:
  • Hu•man•i•ties|(h)yoōˈmanitēs|Academic disciplines that study the humancondition, using methods that are primarilyanalytical, critical, or speculative, asdistinguished from the mainly empiricalapproaches of the natural sciences. Source: Wikipedia
  • Liberal arts |ˈlib(ə)rəl ärts|Curriculum that imparts general knowledgeand develops the student’s rational thoughtand intellectual capabilities.The seven classic liberal arts are......grammar, logic and rhetoric (the Trivium)...arithmetic, geometry, music and astronomy (the Quadrivium) Source: Wikipedia
  • So•cial me•dia |ˈsō sh əl ˈmēdēə|Refers to the use of web-based and mobiletechnologies to turn communications into aninteractive dialogue. Source: Wikipedia
  • The potential for learning about theHumanities through Social Media is huge.1
  • Some statistics:
  • 74% of Filipino schoolchildren use the Internet. Source: AIJC (2009)
  • Use of the Internet by Filipino Students 89% 88% Social Email Networking 83% 77% 27% Online Schoolwork Blogging Gaming Source: AIJC (2009)
  • The Humanities still have some ways to goto harness the potential of social media. 2
  • More statistics:
  • Academicians’ Use of Social Media for Research (by Discipline) 100.00 90.00 84.00 83.70 75.00 79.20 73.70Percent 50.00 25.00 0 Math & Environmental Social Arts & Business & Computer Science Science Humanities Management Science Source: CIBER (2010)
  • There are already many innovative waysto use digital/social media to study theHumanities. 3
  • The Internet and Humanities: Parallel Developments “ComputationalWeb 1.0 Data aggregation Humanities 1.0 Humanities” Customization, collaboration, Interactivity andWeb 2.0 decentering of Humanities 2.0 user participation knowledge and authority Source: Davidson (2008)
  • Some examples: Digital Humanities Hastac.org Google Earth Historical Imagery Twitter
  • The Humanities are meant for “sharing”and are therefore suited to social media.4
  • Why do we use social media? For Likes For Hits For Comments To Relate To Go Viral To Participate To Represent Etc.
  • What makes ideas spread? Exposure. Attention. Motivation. Source: Zarella (2011)
  • Meme|mēm|A unit of cultural inheritance. Source: Zarella (2011)
  • Fe•cun•di•ty |feˈkəndətē|Refers to the number of offspring producedin each generation. Source: Zarella (2011)
  • Lon•gev•i•ty |lônˈjevətē|Refers to the lifespan of an individual. Source: Zarella (2011)
  • FecundityRetweets Longevity Religion Source: Zarella (2011)
  • FecundityRetweets Humanities Longevity Religion Source: Zarella (2011)
  • New media pose challenges that theHumanities have yet to fully consider.5
  • “The humanities...have the power toshape human community. Offering avision of that which is common tomankind, the humanities at their bestcapture the shared elements of human ”experience. Howard Bloch
  • The Internet as we know it is only in itsadolescence!
  • Privacy CredibilityIdentity SecurityAuthority Originality
  • The challenge is that new media have thepotential to change us (and possibly, theHumanities, too). 6
  • “What we’re experiencing is, in ametaphorical sense, a reversal of theearly trajectory of civilization: We areevolving from cultivators of personalknowledge into hunters and gatherersin the electronic data forest.
  • “In the process, we seem fated tosacrifice much of what makes our ”minds so interesting. Nicholas Carr
  • A liberal education helps us understandhow to put new media to good use. 7
  • When in doubt about confronting newtechnologies, remember the words of Alan Simpson:
  • “If there is some ambiguity about theknowledge an educated man shouldhave, there is none at all about theskills. The first is simply the training ofthe mind in the capacity to thinkclearly...
  • “The other basic skill is simply the art ofself-expression in speech and on paper.A man is uneducated who has notmastered the elements of clean andforcible prose and picked up somerelish for style.
  • “The standards which mark an educatedman can be expressed in terms of threetests.
  • “The first is a matter of sophistication...An educated man can be judged by thequality of his prejudices.
  • “The second test is a matter of moralvalues...we do not really believe that acollege is doing its job when it is simplymultiplying the number of educatedscoundrels, hucksters, and triflers.
  • “Finally, there is the test imposed by theunique challenge of our own times. Weare not unique in suffering from moralconfusion – these crises are a familiarstory – but we are unique in thetremendous acceleration of the rate ofsocial change...
  • “An indispensable mark of the moderneducated man is the kind of versatile,flexible mind that can deal with new and ”explosive conditions. Alan Simpson
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