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This article expounds the idea of having James Baldwin as a figurehead for the hashtag black lives matter movement. There is no clear responder to who this excerpt is too, although, some may say that this excerpt is to all the people who discount, discredit, or goes against the movement itself. The author first goes into the metrics of how James Baldwin was included in the black lives matter protests and conversation. Using the metrics of the number of times James Baldwin himself or his words were mentioned through Twitter tweets and the number of retweets those tweets received, we can see that his words correlated with the ideas of today’s society.

The author pulled more than 32,000,000 available tweets that were between 2014 and 2015, given by researchers for free, and filtered to only the ones that mentioned James Baldwin. “Revealing that “James Baldwin” had been referenced in at least 7,326 tweets and retweets, more times than the intersectional black feminist poet Audre Lorde (1,634 tweets); the iconic Harlem Renaissance voice Langston Hughes (1,401 tweets); the inspirational poet and memoirist Maya Angelou (1,236 tweets); the Nobel Prize–winning novelist Toni Morrison (843 tweets); the MacArthur Fellow and New York Times best-selling poet Claudia Rankine (556 tweets); the Black Panthers Huey Newton (536 tweets) and Eldridge Cleaver (373 tweets); Baldwin’s older mentor and adversary Richard Wright (126 tweets); and his contemporary and fellow Wright-rival Ralph Ellison (116 tweets).” The author gives a bar chart indicating the amount of times James Baldwin was referenced with a quotation or with some other complementing source. Other graphs depict a bar chart that would show the amount of times one quote was used between 2014 and 2015 by Twitter accounts using the years of the quote itself as the x axis.

We should care about this because the impact of one man’s words can lead onto other generations. As we could see, James Baldwin’s most of his quotes are within a 13 year time span of 1960 to 1973 which was used heavily in 2014 to 2015 in arguments and in a way to convey a message.

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Blog post 2: Three possible research questions

What is the mood of literature during the great depression using colors?

I want to see how writers feel while they were dealing with the great depression. A way to see how someone is feeling is by analyzing what type of colors they use. I will look though a few novels to see what colors are used for articles of clothing, the weather, and other artifacts that are found.

Is rap considered music or only spoken word?

At times we have people that take an unpopular stance on a topic that they may have little to no knowledge about it. Ben Shapiro argued that rap can no be categories as music, but should be considered spoken word. I will argue against the point.

Why is kneeling disrespectful to troops?

I want to look into the history of why kneeling is used as an act of expression and why today it is seen as disrespectful in certain settings.

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Blog post 1: Profile of a DH project

The article, Women of the Early Harlem Renaissance, asked the question of why is poetry made by women during the Harlem Renaissance so difficult to find. They talk about authors such as Carrie Law Morgan Figgs, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Carrie Williams Clifford, and Clara Ann Thompson; posing strong arguments that their work can no be found in digital humanities because they are in .pdf form, which cannot have metadata linked to them. With that being said, the site author is including some of the work done by said authors.

The site gives us a pictorial of only a few of the women in question, while giving us one option to advance giving us an introduction and explaining what has been said previously in this blog. The site creator uses a font that contradicts their message of things becoming more accessible. Sarif font, used in the article, is not as accessible as if it were SansSarif. SansSarif is much easier on the eyes and also takes up less storage/bandwidth. Although the site is pleasing to look at since the font gives it more of an authentic look. Theres also an interactive part which is handy for people who my get bored quickly from just plain text sites.

The site was build with Scalar, a blog builder the specializes in scalarly articles. One visualization that the webpage offers is like a web that attached one like entity to another using something they call thematic tags. If you’d like to took at poems that relate to Christianity, mythology, racism, motherhood or lynching, you have a visual representation of how to get to them.

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