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The social web

Digital Humanities: Current Perspective, Practices, and Research

ISBN: 978-1-78190-688-0, eISBN: 978-1-78190-689-7

Publication date: 9 January 2014


This chapter takes a look at the Social Web. Humanities scholars are, by and large, a fairly social group. Attend any of the Modern Language Association conferences and you will be inundated with invitations to attend events hosted by publishers, groups within MLA, universities, and alumni organizations. The way we now include apps as an inherent part of our socialization, however, is changing and evolving as a result of some of the tools that are to be associated with the digital humanities, albeit not necessarily as apparently so as some others. This chapter explores the familiar players like Facebook™, Google+™, Twitter™, and others and discusses how they are being used by those in the field, contextualizing them within a variety of disciplines in the humanities through case studies while situating the category alongside theories that make sense of their use. Not as commonly used in academic social networks are vlogging applications along with student blog sites, which are also examined in this chapter. It is in this and subsequent chapters where augmented reality enhancements will be used. Please follow the directions at the beginning of Chapter 2 to access these additions.


(2014), "The social web", Digital Humanities: Current Perspective, Practices, and Research (Cutting-Edge Technologies in Higher Education, Vol. 7), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 11-40.



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