[Humanist] 23.69 fear itself
Humanist Discussion Group
willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sat Jun 6 17:28:38 CEST 2009
Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 69.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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From: lachance at chass.utoronto.ca
Subject: Re: [Humanist] 23.68 fear itself
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I wonder if your historical readings into the anxieties expressed at the
interface of the humanities and computing uncovered a concern for property
and economies. I ask because recently one of the major themes of such
discussions, whether expressed as fear or hope, is sustainability. For
example, in the Going Digital issue of IDEA+S
The point is not to argue that openness is a panacea or to call for open
everything. Rather, this phenomenon deserves our attention because of the
important social and cultural ways in which it marks the turn to the
digital, in particular, the way in which it opens up space along the
continuum between public and private property.
Gale Moore The Phenomenon of Openness (IDEA+S 4:2)
In this article, Moore describes a publishing experiment (surrounding
Yochai Benklers 2006 book, _The Wealth of Networks_) and then asks:
Would you still buy the book?
Buying a book is a simple act but a complex phenomenon: Consider book as
product, book as experience. Or books as markers in an economy that
I raise this here to inquire if some of the discourse regarding the impact
of computers on the practice of humanities research is not also about
pressures on a habitat of relations and modes of exchange.
To what extent in your historical readings does the name humanities
stand in for culture of the book?
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