Look Beyond What You See

Look Beyond What You See

For me personally, I have had a few times in my life where I learn something that completely changes my way of thinking about something, and I’m left wondering what in the world I just read. This was one of those moments, where something I took as being one thing was told to me that it is the exact opposite, and is right! The idea that Mark Sample talks about in his article, “Notes Towards a Deformed Humanities” is saying that to understand better the things we are studying, we have to take them apart (specifically in the Digital Humanities world) before we can analyze the pieces and build something else out of them. I loved the example that he gave about the origami crane. We’re taking a blank, clean, perfect piece of paper, folding and crumpling it up to create something else out of it that goes beyond it’s initial purpose.

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It has made me think about what other things we do that destroys something for a different purpose than what we intended. It is a new way of looking at how we analyze and create things. Simple’s theory is based on the idea of “undoing and unknowing.” In our society, we are all programed in school to think a certain way, whatever way that may be. We are taught what is socially acceptable, what isn’t, what our history teacher thinks about history, and what our parents believe is important to know as an adult. The more we grow, the more closed-minded we become and our way of imagination becomes limited. Simple is promoting the idea of continuing to break those boundaries, think outside of what we have all been taught, and look at things more for their potential, and not just their current state. In the wise words of Rafiki, we are suggested to:

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Mark Sample. “Notes Towards a Deformed Humanities.” Sample Reality. 2 May 2012. Accessed online 3 November 2017.

2 Replies to “Look Beyond What You See”

  1. I would think try the theories that he suggests in his own article on the article himself. Someone else wrote about trying to read the article backwards like he suggest, but it didn’t work for them. He also talks about the algorithm N+7, I wonder if that would prove to give any insights into his article…

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