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WSSA 2009

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WSSA 2009

  1. 1. Historical Scholarship in the Digital Age Jason A. Heppler University of Nebraska-Lincoln http://segonku.unl.edu/~jheppler/
  2. 2. Jason A. Heppler Western Social Sciences Association April 17, 2009 Scholarship in the Digital Age Textual Analysis... <ul><li>Assist analyzing language usage over time or space </li></ul><ul><li>Affect how text behaves </li></ul><ul><li>Affect how readers encounter text </li></ul><ul><li>Visualize historical events: word clouds, keywords, n-gram </li></ul>
  3. 3. Jason A. Heppler Western Social Sciences Association April 17, 2009 Scholarship in the Digital Age Research Guided By: 1) Did the media report the activist's goals, or was the message lost in the sensationalism of the event? 2) Was the occupation of the Bureau of Indian Affairs an effective strategy for disseminating the American Indian Movement's goals?
  4. 4. Jason A. Heppler Western Social Sciences Association April 17, 2009 Scholarship in the Digital Age Documents
  5. 5. Jason A. Heppler Western Social Sciences Association April 17, 2009 Scholarship in the Digital Age Keywords
  6. 6. Jason A. Heppler Western Social Sciences Association April 17, 2009 Scholarship in the Digital Age How People Read Online: The F Pattern Heatmaps from user eyetracking studies of three websites. The areas where users looked the most are colored red; the yellow areas indicate fewer views, followed by the least-viewed blue areas. Gray areas didn't attract any fixations. (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox, April 17, 2006) ‏
  7. 7. Jason A. Heppler Western Social Sciences Association April 17, 2009 Scholarship in the Digital Age Narrative... <ul><li>Readings: </li></ul><ul><li>Hayden White, “The Question of Narrative in Contemporary Historical Theory,” History and Theory 23 (February 1984): 1-33. </li></ul><ul><li>Marie-Laure Ryan, “Will New Media Produce New Narrative?” in Narrative Across Media: The Language of Storytelling  (Lincoln, 2004). </li></ul><ul><li>Jay David Bolter, “Hypretext and the Remediation of Print,” in Writing Space: Computers, Hypertext, and the Remediation of Print (New Jersey, 2001). </li></ul><ul><li>Hypertext as layered analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive narrative – readers have the role in exploring and constructing the argument </li></ul><ul><li>Chunking and “info-snacking” </li></ul><ul><li>Ryan: “the future of new media . . . depends on their ability to develop their own forms of narrativity.” </li></ul>
  8. 8. Jason A. Heppler Western Social Sciences Association April 17, 2009 Scholarship in the Digital Age Thanks! Lets Continue the Conversation: - Email: [email_address] - AIM: jheppler84 - Web: http://segonku.unl.edu/~jheppler/ - Twitter: twitter.com/jaheppler - Slides at: slideshare.com/jaheppler

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