Is the vlog from Jenna Marbles about traveling through India a part of the Digital Humanities?
Although it lacks a sense of serious scholarship or introspection, the vlog about Jenna Marbles’ travels through India is a modern version of the Creative Writing (a subject that is a part of the Humanities) tradition of travel memoirs. So I would say that yes, it is a part of the Digital Humanities (albeit a poor example of what a digital version of a travel memoir could look like). – Ruth (aka the professor)
I thought that the Jenna Marbles video (while a poor example of a vlog, or a good example of how bad vlogs are done) was an example of DH because it showed art and architecture and another culture through a digital spectrum. – Jack
I do not believe that the Jenna Marbles (Taj Mahal) video is digital humanities because it lacks quality of digital humanities. True, there is much that can be learned from the video, 1) there are cute squirrels at the Taj Mahal, 2) there are also little boys who play (an instrument) to snakes for money from tourists and 3) the beauty of the Taj Mahal and the land surrounding it. However, it is simply a stream of somebody talking, only really scratching the surface, showing her own (and some other boys) personal experience of the Taj Mahal. It does not speak to important issues of human kind nor does it show history, jurisprudence, (any other of the topics we covered as our class definition of humanities). It simply shows a basic stream of events in a person’s life using a digital tool. I am very surprised that it has over 4 million views. – Christopher