UVA MDST 3703 2013 08-27 Introduction

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  • http://askthepast.blogspot.com/2013/08/how-to-treat-freshmen-1495.html?spref=fb
  • Francese, Rome in So Many Words
  • To understand this question, we need to understand the core idea of the digital … what does “digital” mean?
  • So, these are ZEROS and ONES. This is how things have to be represented in order for computers to “understand” them. Every computer, from you Android or iPhone to your car to your laptop to the information system that stores your grades and transcript – speaks this and only this language.
  • Like words … this I the ASCII code
  • http://www.turbulence.org/Works/song/method/method.htmlhttp://www.turbulence.org/Works/song/mono.htmlFor example, the picture above was built from the first line of a very simple piece: Mary Had a Little Lamb. Each arch connects two identical passages. To clarify the connection between the visualization and the song, in this diagram the score is displayed beneath the arches.
  • http://www.chrisharrison.net/projects/bibleviz/index.html
  • UVA MDST 3703 2013 08-27 Introduction

    1. 1. Introduction to the Digital Liberal Arts Prof. Alvarado MDST 3703 27 August 2013
    2. 2. What about you? • How many CS majors? • How many in Media Studies? • Other College majors? • Non-college majors?
    3. 3. What are the “liberal arts”?
    4. 4. artes liberales
    5. 5. Francese
    6. 6. The Seven Liberal Arts • Trivium – Grammar – Rhetoric – Logic • Quadrivium – Arithmetic – Geometry – Music – Astronomy
    7. 7. The liberal arts is a curriculum
    8. 8. How has the curriculum changed? Think of the what we mean by “arts and sciences”
    9. 9. How is it different from the professional schools? (engineering, business, medicine, law)
    10. 10. The humanities are at the center Many departments fall within history, literature, or philosophy
    11. 11. We often call a student of the humanities a scholar What do scholars do?
    12. 12. Scholars interpret and reinterpret texts (literature, historical records, law, religion)
    13. 13. Scholars also make arguments
    14. 14. essays, books, lectures
    15. 15. All of these forms depend up writing
    16. 16. What happens to scholarship when writing and communication become digital?
    17. 17. What is the digital?
    18. 18. THE DIGITAL
    19. 19. Binary code
    20. 20. Binary code can you be used to represent many things
    21. 21. ASCII stands for “American Standard Code for Information Interchange” Like words
    22. 22. Colors and colors
    23. 23. With digital representation, numbers are used like names
    24. 24. What other kinds of things can be represented digitally?
    25. 25. Music
    26. 26. The Shape of Song http://www.turbulence.org/Works/song/method/method.html
    27. 27. Madonna, “Like a Prayer”
    28. 28. Bach Bach’s Goldberg Variations
    29. 29. Thoughts See Tan Li’s demonstration http://goo.gl/YTfxr
    30. 30. These examples work the same way The object is mapped to a set of data and then transformed by algorithms
    31. 31. String operations • Once things are named by numbers, you can manipulate them … – Parse – Count – Sort – Delete – Repeat – Transform
    32. 32. DNA
    33. 33. What happens to books?
    34. 34. The Bible Visualizing the Bible
    35. 35. Sentimant analysis
    36. 36. TextArc http://www.textarc.org/Alice 2.html
    37. 37. Plan of the Course • Seminar and studio tracks (Tues and Thurs) • Survey of ideas, projects, and technologies • Historical, Critical, and Practical • Focus on core theme of how rhetoric and reasoning change with the new media – Are linear, verbal arguments side effects of literacy? – Do new media bring there new forms of reasoning? • See WordPress site and syllabus
    38. 38. Homework! – Set up your home directories • http://its.virginia.edu/homedir/ – Install JEdit on your computer • http://www.jedit.org/ – Read Kirschenbaum, “Hello Worlds” • To be posted …

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