The questions of whether Shinto is a religion or not have been long debated and I will not get into the politics of Japanese religion systems. However Shinto is a big part of Japanese life and people practice Shinto rituals disregard of belief in religion. What I will talk about is the impact Shinto has on modern media and technology. You might not think it but Shinto and other "religions" still play a big part in modern culture. References to religion and religious narrative can be seen in a lot for todays Film, TV, Music and Books.
We have been discussing research, knowledge and knowledge the last few weeks. At present we are working on research questions that we have chosen ourselves.Furthermore we are working through the different processes to collect data and create information from it that will become knowledge. The words data, information and knowledge are interesting and something we discussed the meaning of in class. Are they the same? What is the difference between them? I see them as different stages in a process of understanding.
Since starting my studies in Digital humanities I have been shown a lot of fascinating projects and tools in the realm of DH. One area that caught my attention last year was interactive stories. We were shown digital stories like Bear 71, Rome and S (an interactive book by Doug Dorst and JJ Abrams) which I loved and now this medium has me fascinated.