Side bar conversations, thoughts of the quiet introvert, a fleeting ephemeral image or idea remain hidden unless spoken or written in text. Fowler in his article, Writing-Intensive Approaches in a Typographic Design Studio Class: Using Writing as a Tool toward More Intentional Design states “the act of writing makes thoughts concrete.” When a student can say in a written response to a Van Gogh painting that “Van Gogh screwed up,” then and only then a conversation begins. The intentionality of writing, or blogging, or tweeting about a work of art allows participants to participate in a dialogue of critique. Matthew Kirschenbaum in his article, What is a Digital Humanities and What’s it Doing in English Departments, discusses how Twitter and tweeting allowed a scholarly ” side-bar” conversation at a Digital Humanities convention in 2009 to occur. The use of this digital medium creates a network topology that is quickly rising as a popular and now “backed” at times skeptically by administrative bodies. The Dhers are becoming more and more publically visible and users are able to collaborate and network and communicate with greater ease.
Using digital methodologies and use of writing in courses has strengthened both the use of digital humanities and the courses. Using art to unbox language from the compartment of an individuals mind allows intentional creation and improved focus.