When I began the “Tracing Persepolis” assignment I was unsure what to expect. Never before have I posted a project in the form of a web page. My first instinct was to simply write a paper, break it into parts, and add it to the web page. I quickly realized this would be insufficient.
Instead of taking the traditional approach to the assignment, I based my writing on the web pages. Once I had created the web pages the direction of the assignment became clear. In the end, I enjoyed this project much more than the traditional paper. I felt that I could create a more complete idea with the web page , because I was able to use links and pictures to compliment my work. The learning experience was also more comprehensive. I enhanced my writing and critical thinking skills, but I also increased my breadth of knowledge about how to set up web pages.
If you would like to see the pages for yourself simply visit Tracing Persepolis.
I am about to begin a live blog of the 2007 movie Persepolis. The movie is based on the memoir by Marjane Satrapi. I am going to do the blogging in the comments of this post! If anyone would like to add a comment of their own about the movie or my posts please feel free to do so!
The most important panel to me is the third panel on page 147. This is the panel that Marji’s parents tell her that they are sending her to Austria for school. This marks a complete change in Marji’s life. She no longer will be dealing with violence and a country at war. However, she will have new hardships such as not knowing the language, being along, and being a foreigner. Marji realizes that she will never live with her parents again.
The decision to send Marji to Austria came when Marji challenged her teacher on how many political prisoners were being held. Marji’s parents became afraid that if Marji stayed she would eventually be raped and murdered for being so outspoken against the Islamic regime.
Tonight (2/5/2015) Cheryl Ball gave a public lecture entitled “The Asymptotic Relationship Between Digital Humanities and Computers and Writing”. This title was very confusing to me as I’m sure it is to many others who did not attend the lecture. However, Ball uses this title as a segue into many interesting topics. She discussed the history of both the digital humanities and the computers and writing “fields”. For me, this was a very enlightening experience. Prior to the lecture I knew very little about both of these fields.
Ball talked specifically about the similarities and differences of the two fields. This is where the title comes from. Historically there has been what appears to be an “asymptote” dividing these two fields. However, as the years have gone by the differences between the two fields has decreased but not yet merged. The idea that they may never merge seems to be realistic. That is why it appears to an asymptote. The two fields may forever grow closer, but they may never meet.