The Little Review: not so little, but finally getting littler

I have never used Gephi before this class, yet I already find myself taking a liking to it. Our assignment at the beginning of this week to "read" an entire issue of The Little Review was intimidating. Keep this in mind and imagine the difficulty of reading--of becoming well-read in--an entire field or category of works of literature. We face an incredible problem in our current digital age (and at that, one that particularly bothers me to the point that it's surprising that I am as big a computer and internet enthusiast as I am): the problem of information overload. It is not possible to process all of the information we have access to.

Although this problem is techically the same one we've always had, there is one crucial difference: now we have access to much more information--and instantly--and our ability to read it conventionally has not increased in proportion to our ability to obtain it. So here's where digital humanities--and particularly, a tool like Gephi--comes in. Gephi essentially provides a better way of scanning to me. I like how quickly I can home in on works within an issue that, for example, have to do with irony, and how I can adjust the degree of relatedness to "irony"  I am looking for. It seems poetic to me that if technology gives us greater information overload, technology must also give us a way to mitigate or even eliminate it once and for all.

Comments

I'm so glad I'm not the only one who feels the pressure of information overload, and I agree that programs like Gephi can make it easier to mentally process some of the information. When doing activities like this one, it becomes clear just how important digital literacy is, no matter what your field. Coming in to college, I was under the false impression that I'd be able to get away from all of the bothersome technology, and just stick to my lovely, archaic books. It's become clear though, that if I want to succeed at all in the academic world, I need to embrace technology--or at least be competent with it. 

It is interesting, that while we see technology as expanding our world and creating more and more information for people to try and cram in, at the same time it allows us to consolidate information in a way we have never been able to before.