Digital Docs Blog

Following are responses from students after their first experience analyzing documents in digitized archives (1/21/14):

Here is my reflection on the first document analysis: leah canonico- document analysis reflection

Deirdra Chapman- This is my reflection to the document analysis form on 1/21- eng 304 digital archives reflection


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  1. The following is my reflection on the first document analysis:
    This experience in working with digitally archived material has proven to be very interesting thus far. Jean Paul Sarte writes “reading is a pact of generosity between the author and the reader. Each one trusts the other; each one counts on the other, demands of the other as much as he demands of himself (28).” This argument offers an idea that the relationship between the author and the reader is intimate. In relation to working with digital materials, this intimacy is altered in a sense. The actual process of holding a book, reading a piece of writing in print form and then developing an analytical response to what that text is trying to do is something that has been in existence for of course many years. Sarte illuminates that this relationship or bond between the author and reader is important, and is based on trust. When one produces an actual work, a hard copy, it literally creates a physical relationship between the two subjects. These questions regarding this relationship moving into the digital world are valid in that this “trust” may be compromised or may exist in a new way.
    Georges Poulet writes that “in short, the extraordinary fact in the case of a book is the falling away of the barriers between you and it. You are inside it; it is inside you; there is no longer either an outside or an inside” (39). Poulet argues here that when reading, the barriers between the author, the reader and the story breakdown and one is able to exist within the story. This is an important question to consider when engaging with digital archival research because it makes one ask if this “breakdown of barriers” or “trust” mentioned above, can exist in the same way when looking at a text through a screen as opposed to holding the pages.

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