[Humanist] 26.658 "digital materiality"

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue Jan 8 07:59:27 CET 2013


                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 658.
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  [1]   From:    "Simpson, Grant Leyton" <glsimpso at indiana.edu>             (4)
        Subject: RE:  26.654 "digital materiality"

  [2]   From:    Maureen Guarcello <mguarcello-10 at sandiego.edu>           (111)
        Subject: Re:  26.654 "digital materiality"


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        Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2013 13:33:21 +0000
        From: "Simpson, Grant Leyton" <glsimpso at indiana.edu>
        Subject: RE:  26.654 "digital materiality"
        In-Reply-To: <20130106073541.ED48EE1A at digitalhumanities.org>

I'm puzzled that Willard and Brad jump to "oxymoron" as the word that comes to mind. For me, the word is "Kirschenbaum." Matt's wonderful book _Mechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination_ does a wonderful job demonstrating exactly why we should regard "digital" as a form of material.  



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        Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2013 09:11:57 -0800
        From: Maureen Guarcello <mguarcello-10 at sandiego.edu>
        Subject: Re:  26.654 "digital materiality"
        In-Reply-To: <20130106073541.ED48EE1A at digitalhumanities.org>


Good day all,

James, this is a difficult question because fully operationalizing the term could limit future possibilities within the digital disciplines. However, my research and inclination (with the heavy influences of Matthew Kirschenbaum and Isaac Asimov's works) is that digital materiality is us; the human component required to keep the digital work consistent, accurate in form and function, and to preserve and develop the instruments, both physical and immaterial, to continue the work. 
In short, digital materiality constitutes the human element. 

My best,
Maureen
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Maureen Guarcello
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Department of Leadership Studies
University of San Diego 
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