This video hopes to exemplify the argument taken from Elizabeth Losh’s piece “Hacktivism and the Humanities” that “game studies might turn out not to be at home in the digital humanities either…given the fact that research in computer games often values participant observation rather than disinterested analysis and adopts the stance of the playful life-hacker rather than the dutiful enforcer of standards. For scholars coming from the world of game studies, digital life and real life intermingle, the exploit functions as a site of intervention, and breaking systems is just part of the fun” (179)…Debates in the Digital Humanities.
I found doing this project extremely challenging—more because of my skill level in terms of crafting a video then for anything else; however, probably as a result of my nascent technical skill level I was not quite sure how to add some of the more complex argument techniques that I would normally like to include in a typical paper essay. For example, I would have liked to frame my position within a discourse. By this I mean, I would have liked to have acknowledge some of the potential difficulties with my position—counter arguments at the most rudimentary level—in order to both anticipate and assuage concerns and to further exfoliate my argument. Additionally, even thought the video essay makes the texts seem multi-dimensional in a sensorial manner, my lack of knowledge or creativity seemed to flatten out what I believe is a dynamic argument. In many ways the multi-sensorial nature placed heavy precedence on pathos, which can, and I believe did in this case, compromise the legitimacy of my argument. While I place myself as a central figure of inquiry in this essay, and some might say this is why the excessive sense of pathos, I would argue that on the page I could have done the same thing without having such an overwhelming affect. It is something about the visual image that erodes implication, making elements that would otherwise be nuanced a bit more hard-hitting. Again I realize that this probably has much to do with my inexperience, but nonetheless it is a fascinating point of comparison.
Text in multiple forms serve in the delivery of a very important argument…