Questions for Reflection

  • 1. Which platforms do you regularly use for streaming video or music? Is access free? Are there ads? How do fees or ads affect your ability to access digitized performances?
  • 2. What kinds of digital technology do you imagine will be the next on the horizon for evaluating artistic performances such as music, drama, and dance? Which factors will drive the development of those technologies?
  • 3. Have you ever tried to capture a performance digitally? Would you say that you have professional training and equipment, or have you recorded video as an amateur or hobbyist? Many people use smartphones to record performances at talent shows or concerts. Others use webcams to create short videos for TikTok or other social media platforms. What are the advantages and disadvantages of these kinds of amateur recordings?
  • 4. Do you think video games fall within the scope of performance? Do you think they will be a future area of study for humanities scholars? Why or why not?


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  • 2 Elias Leight, “Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ Was a Country Hit. Then Country Changed Its Mind,” Rolling Stone, March 26, 2019, https://www
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  • 4 Nolan Gasser, Why You Like It: The Science and Culture of Musical Taste (Flatiron Books, 2019).
  • 5 Pandora, “About The Music Genome Project,” 2020, https://www.pan
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  • 8 Daniel Schuller, Christian Beecks, Marwan Hassani, Jennifer Hinnell, Bela Brenger, Thomas Seidl, and Irene Mittelberg, “Automated Pattern Analysis in Gesture Research: Similarity Measuring in 3D Motion Capture Models of Communicative Action,” Digital Humanities Quarterly 11 no. 2 (2017), http://www.digitalhumanities.Org/dhq/vol/l 1/2/000309/000309.html
  • 9 Nicole Law, “Motion Capture to On-screen Acting: Theatre, Animation and Film Programs Team Up,” UCF Today, January 6, 2020, -film-programs-team-up/
  • 10 Harmony Bench, Perpetual Motion: Dance, Digital Cultures, and the Common (University of Minnesota, 2020) [Manifold edition], -92c5426a8cb4
  • 11 James Coltrain and Stephen Ramsay, “Can Video Games Be Humanities Scholarship?” in Debates in the Digital Humanities 2019, eds. Matthew K. Gold and Lauren F. Klein (University of Minnesota Press, 2019), https ¡// e3a60/section/10c2899a-d78c-40d2-b293-f828d3alb3e9#ch03
  • 12 Galactic Cafe, “The Stanley Parable: Ultra Deluxe,”
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