LoS 6.3 All Locations Mapped

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In my first attempt at data visualization, I have inputed every coded location from Volume 6, Issue 3 of The Land of Sunshine (6.3) that is actually mappable (meaning no “Southwestern Wonderland”, “Lands of the Sun”, or “Moon”) into a single map of the world in ArcGIS.  It is worth noting that some locations are more […]

Creating a Wikipedia article on the magazine

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Being the Wikipedian that I am, when I learned about The Land of Sunshine for the very first time I instinctively searched Wikipedia for an article on the magazine.  To my disappointment, there was nothing (well, nominally there was, but it was about a 1992 single by the American rock band Faith No More).  Although […]

What exactly is “technology”?

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One of the most interesting and mentally stimulating aspects of participating in this project for me has been the definition and usage of various different classes of data points. The best example of this is a disagreement, a resulting conversation, and (ultimately) a solution agreed upon over what constitutes a “technology” for the purposes of […]

What do you do with a bird’s nest?

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I think one of the most challenging, but interesting, aspects of this project has been the tension between deconstructionist tendencies in the humanities and the necessity of clearly defined categories for digital/quantitative analysis. We first encountered this tension when we were deciding on what kinds of data to record. Some data points were easy: publication […]

Reflection: Contention and Themes

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Members of our research team might remember the several-meeting-long struggle to identify themes for the project. As an overview for our readers, I will share a broad description of our process. Any of my teammates might comment to add to or challenge my claims as the process was a whirl of discussion, changes, and existential […]

Welcome!

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What are we doing here? This blog intends to document the process of engaging in a collective close reading of The Land of Sunshine. The magazine itself, published out of Los Angeles between 1895 and 1905, is thrilling compendium of pop-anthropology, adventure, romance (and romanticism) — not to mention paeans to the West, to the […]