Plastic Politics

People like, Alexander Parkes, were inspired to invent a man made material to replace the use of the rare material, Ivory, which comes from an elephant tusk.  Plastics became that new material and its nice to think its originators had good intentions but at the star of the 1950’s to present day it’s now jeopardizing our very planet.  I’ll be it, plastic has improve living standards, hygiene and nutrition around the world, especially in developing countries, but the negative impacts we are seeing today and the sustainability of it all is problematic.

Summary of Project

This project contains information on the history of plastic and how we’ve gotten where we are today. The use of bar graphs to express and waste of plastic globally on maps to show the problem areas. I think its it’s important to knows the politics, history and size of the problem in order to tackle it.

In my project looking at the politics of plastic gives us a better view of how, why, and who has driven us to this point and what the next move should be, but politics alone won’t solve this disaster.

Another form of important knowledge about plastic is the history of it. Without looking into the past how will we project the future? I very briefly touched on this in the intro but there is so much history that could be added immediately and forever to keep this project alive.

Platform and Logistics

Using this platforms to show the industries progress and the impacts on Earth will help send a message of what the future of plastic might hold. I used Piktochart to create some graphs and an interactive map. Although I was unable to embed it to my site as it kept failing so I’ve put pictures to show what its looks like and added the link.


https://create.piktochart.com/output/39539563-untitled-report

Sources

In order to create a Political, Historical, and consumption/waste of plastic database linking websites would be an efficient way to carry and sum up information

Some sources I’d include and used for my graphs and map are:

https://www.plasticseurope.org/en/about-plastics/what-are-plastics/history


https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-27442625

https://endplasticwaste.org/


https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/3/7/e1700782

Current Media

https://endplasticwaste.org/latest/a-conversation-in-brussels-strategies-to-end-plastic-waste/

Learning from my Proposal

My ideas for this project were really hard for me to get it all to come together. I downloaded several plugins I thought were platforms I spent hours putting photos and information in them that I never got to work. I really wish I could have made this come together better as a project and asked more questions when I had the chance. Unfortunately I’m 12 weeks pregnant and have been extremely exhausted and I am not using it as an excuse but simply wish I didn’t allow it to show in this project as I am so very passionate about these topics. Also unfortunately did not figure out how to sub domain this.

Changes for the Future

Plastic politics could be separated into four categories; politics, history, consumption, and environment. The use of a better platforms to form maps, timelines, and infographs would also help portray and sum up the information. Organizing the information could be a long process but well worth it especially for corporations, kids, teachers, and environmentalist.

Course Audit – Week 5

As Computing for the humanities ENGL 201 is wrapping up, I’d like to share my experience with course overall. This course was very new and exciting to me because it challenged me with new experiences, I learnt a lot about digital humanities and it encouraged me to express myself through writing. The teachers, Grant and Annelise, have always been very quick to response and very helpful to steer me in the right direction, when I wasn’t sure about something.

The ways it encouraged new thinking were creating a website and blog posts and using applications like Evernote. I always wondered how people create websites and blogs but now that curiosity is filled. I’ve also started using Evernote for personal life and other courses as I find it so helpful to keep track of the great finds on the internet.

When I registered for this course I really had no idea what digital humanities were but I wanted to do the course because it was English and I enjoy writing. I figured I’d learn something new and get write so really a win win situation for me and that exactly was it unraveled to be. For some reason I’m still amazed that Roberto Busa, a priest, had the imagination to think of using computers for linguistic and literary analysis. I guess its because I’ve always thought of priest as people who devote there lives to the church and worshiping God so it seemed very unsuspected to me.

I’ve always loved to write at young age, whether its poems, thoughts, or ideas , it’s something I have always had the urge to do. So taking a course that is mostly based on reading and writing my thoughts was very fun for me and I have thoroughly appreciated this whole course. That being said, I am finding th final project challenging and it mostly has to do with time management and my topic but I’m doing my best to get it done and hope it will be up to snuff by the time I’m done.

In conclusion, ENGL 201 is a great course and I would recommend it to anyone who likes expanding their knowledge in the digital world and enjoys a bit of writing. Grant is mostly who I’ve messaged with and he’s been excellent at clearing up any difficulties I’ve come across. Thank you Grant and Annelise for the wonderful course and all your efforts in the course.

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My youngest, Reginald, saying hi!



Story Map

For week 4, I used Story map to express my travels from Alberta to Ontario and back. I chose this topic because I wanted to see how I could illustrate my trip further than words.

I found it so easy to use and exciting to see the finished product. I really wasn’t sure what it was going to look like until i hit preview and it turned out better than I expected. I like that when adding different points on the map, all you had to do was start typing and it would automatically start searching, which made places easy to find. I also liked the option to go back to the beginning when exploring the map. One thing I couldn’t figure out was how to rotate the pictures once they were uploaded. I also couldn’t find different ways to view the map or ways to color in certain areas.

Story map could be used for many applications, such as history projects, migration patterns, and other learning tools. I originally was going to try and track my surname and pin point the different areas and date on the map but I wasn’t sure how to highlight parts of the map or if that was even an option. All in all, I enjoyed using story map and I would use it again.

https://uploads.knightlab.com/storymapjs/64c40c0af220fafb1347e7d9d4972068/travelling-accross-countries/index.html

The History & Politics of Plastic

For my digital humanities project, I’d like to focus on plastic pollution, where it all started, and the politics encompassing it. I will map the history and politics of the plastic and express the plastic pollution as a layer as well. I’d also like to link some websites to my project that talk about how plastic is made, how its recycled, and the chemicals that go into the air during these processes.

Plastic pollution is an important topic that should not be ignored because of the devastating effects its having on our entire planet. I’m hoping my project will open more eyes, inspire solutions, and actions to our global epidemic on plastic.

Every time I shop at the grocery almost everything I buy comes in some form of plastic or another and most of the times there is no avoiding it. I bring reusable bags but things like cereals, granola bars, milk, cheese, 5lb bags of apples, come in plastic. I’d also like to mention the excessive amounts of packaging some items come in. For example, the toddler rice cookies (that look like surf board) are packaged in individual sets of two and sealed, then these packages and put in another plastic bag which then is sealed and put in a cardboard box.

Image result for plastic ocean pictures

Understanding the history and politics of plastic will create a better picture as to how we can tackle the industry and address the problems. Global and government bans on plastic needs to start becoming a reality in order to see a brighter outcome for the future generations and that’s why I’ve picked this top for my digital humanities project.

Week 2

DIGITAL HUMANITIES PROJECTS


For week two in the Computing for Humanities course, we’re asked to search the internet for some digital humanities projects. Below are the ones that resonated with me the most.

These photos were taken on a cellphone of Colombo Street in Sydenham during the Canterbury Earthquakes via http://www.ceismic.org.nz/search/33695224

The 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes are not something to forget. I found a digital humanities project that archived everything which happened, surrounding these earthquakes. Its called CEISMIC and their goal is to share the stories, as well as, the chaos that followed. This platform is full of articles, images, audio, research papers, videos, data, stories, and manuscripts from a wide range of organizations and individuals. Its made easily searchable and powered by DIGITALNZ. The site was made by NV Interactive and designed by Strategy

This website appealed to me because I enjoy reading about real life stories and environmental disasters that happen world wide. Its also great source information for seismology researchers, to create plans and preventative measures for future earthquakes

Advertisement for the Chicago School of Nursing.  Nurses were in short supply and high demand during the epidemic.
An advertisement for the Chicago School of Nursing. Nurses were greatly needed during the “Spanish flu” epidemic.

The next Digital Humanities project I’d like to talk about is called Influenza Encyclopedia. Here they have digitally archived the 1918 “Spanish flu” epidemic, which was a terrorizing time in American history.

A feature this website has to offer is that any information found can easily be incorporated into the existing material. They continue to build onto this site and 4 years after the initial launch they were able to add hundreds of contemporary medical journal articles on influenza and pneumonia, as well as, a large variety of other meaningful documents.

Another reason why I admire this website is that gathering all this important information and having it so accessible helps medical professionals understand and prevent future epidemics.

A row of case books on the shelf.
A photo from the Library of Congress

I also happened to stumble across the Library of Congress website which has a wonderful variety of digital humanities. It’s a great source for knowledge seekers or people wanting to truly get a feel for the past. There are some really neat old videos and photograph collections and it’s easy to use and is well organized.

If you have a chance please check out me evernote link to view the rest;
https://www.evernote.com/pub/walkerh452/mynotebook