Directions in Digital Humanities
"12-year-old Computer Genius from 1984:
Contextualizing YouTube Video Comments
as a Corpora of Text on Internet Culture"

12-year-old Computer Genius from 1984Marc Tasman, Senior Lecturer, UWM Dept. of Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies, will present "12-year-old Computer Genius from 1984: Contextualizing YouTube Video Comments as a Corpora of Text on Internet Culture" on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 4 p.m. in the UWM Libraries Digital Humanities Lab, located on the second floor, east wing of the UWM Golda Meir Library.

In 1984, when Marc Tasman was 12 years old, he won a computer programming contest and local television produced a short news story about the "computer whiz kid."

The archived footage of this 29 year old story has been on YouTube for less than four years, but has accumulated over 6000 comments.

It is from these user comments that Tasman will try to construct meaning, and narrative about how people understand computer mediated communication in a proto-digital networked world.

HIs talk is the second in a new series, "Directions in Digital Humanities," sponsored by the Digital Humanites Lab.

The Lab, created by the Libraries in collaboration with the Center for Instructional and Professional Development and the College of Letters and Science, is an interdisciplinary, collaborative space aimed at bringing together faculty, academic staff, and advanced graduate students from across campus to explore the digital humanities, investigate ideas for new projects, and contribute to ongoing projects.

For more information about Digital Humanities Lab, visit http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/dhlab/ or contact Ann Hanlon (hanlon@uwm.edu) or Matt Russell (russelmr@uwm.edu).

Image courtesy of Marc Tasman.

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