Exploring the sites after completing the readings was extremely helpful for me in terms of solidifying a definition of digital humanities, or rather exemplifying just how flexible or “infinitely malleable” this definition is. Navigating each site, a question that was proposed in “A DH That Matters” continually came to my mind: “How can digital humanists ally themselves with the activists, organizers, and others who are working to empower those most threatened by [the charged environment of 2019?]” Beyond that question, I kept asking myself how digital humanists could utilize this field to not only inform and uncover problematic patterns in the data that further promote the disenfranchisement of marginalized groups, but how can we use our resources to promote change as well.
I found Torn Apart/Separados to be a response to these proposed questions. It exposes the insidious financial regime of ICE, revealing myriad well-known political figures and companies who both profit and participate in ICE operations. It simultaneously provides information on notable allies along with links to their sites where those interested can learn more or donate to their cause. To me, Torn Apart/Separados is illustrative of the digital humanities that was defined in our readings; through the visualization of various sets of data into various charts, it informs while also providing resources that can be used to fight against this regime by means of donating to allies or no longer supporting companies that contribute to the problem.
Another aspect of DH that is so appealing to me is just how capacious it is. Moreover, Spiros noted how DH should promote values like collaboration, openness and diversity among others. While Torn Apart/Separados is illustrative of DH, so is every other site in its own specific way, appealing to one or more of the various sub-fields within DH. This push for group collaboration and openness is exactly what drew me to this field, as I think it cultivates an open, flexible environment where digital humanists will continue to develop and evolve the ways in which we navigate academia, research, and empowering others.