For me, “the digital” offers an alternative method for exploring issues and answering questions. It is a space in which to build new skills and experience massive humility. It is not the opposite of “the analog.”
At Middlebury digital scholarship and learning has the power to be transformative in progressive and regressive directions. My hope, and expectation, is that we will use it in ways which expand our fields of study, allow us to ask better questions, and find new ways of analyzing and presenting data. But we should be wary of it seeming as a replacement for, or a necessarily advantage over other methods. My guess is that as digital technology progresses it will become an increasingly significant force in our classrooms and research agendas. For now, it is fun and useful to experiment with a new medium.