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jatolbert

DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly: A Genealogy of Distant Reading - 0 views

  • Because Radway’s voice is candid and engaging, the book may not always sound like social science.
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      I wonder what social science he's been reading.
  • In calling this approach minimally "scientific," I don’t mean to imply that we must suddenly adopt all the mores of chemists, or even psychologists
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      And yet the effect is the same: scientizing processes and products which by their very natures as human works resist scientific analysis.
  • social science
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      Again, this is a very different social science from that in which I received my own training, which has long held to the notion that objectivity is not only unobtainable, but undesirable.
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  • But computational methods now matter deeply for literary history, because they can be applied to large digital libraries, guided by a theoretical framework that tells us how to pose meaningful questions on a social scale.
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      I wonder about this. Is he suggesting that examining a large corpus of published works is the same as examining an entire society? This would seem to ignore issues of access and audience, literacy, representation, etc.
  • The term digital humanities stages intellectual life as a dialogue between humanists and machines. Instead of explicitly foregrounding experimental methods, it underlines a boundary between the humanities and social science.
  • Conflations of that kind could begin to create an unproductive debate, where parties to the debate fail to grasp the reason for disagreement, because they misunderstand each other’s real positions and commitments.
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      Similar to the conflation of sociology with all of the social sciences.
  • the past
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      Is it appropriate to conflate the -literary- past with -the past-? That is, can any study based wholly on texts claim to be in any way representative of things outside the sphere of what we call "literature"?
Todd Suomela

the social-rhetorical challenges of information technology - digital digs - 0 views

  • This is why a survey coming from IT asking me about the usefulness of the technology in the classroom seems tone deaf to me. The problem isn’t the technology or if there are problems with the technology then they are obscured by the limits of the physical space. I would like for students to have enough space to bring their laptops, move around, work in groups, share their screens (even if only by all moving around in front of a laptop), and have conversations without getting in each others way.  I’d also like to be able to move among those groups without worrying about pulling a muscle.
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    For Matt to make his points about the interaction between physical space and technology.
jatolbert

The Differences between Digital History and Digital Humanities | Dr Stephen Robertson - 0 views

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    A useful article that challenges the "big tent" model of digital humanities and has important implications for digital scholarship more generally.
Jennifer Parrott

A Liberal Arts Foundation for Any Career - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    Short article on the value of a liberal arts education and the role of digital humanities in liberal arts. 
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