[Humanist] 26.669 "digital X"?

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Thu Jan 10 11:11:59 CET 2013

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 669.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2013 09:30:34 +0000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: digital X?

The query for reactions to the phrase "digital materiality" generated 
what seems to me a surprising degree of interest. My question is now 
what other collocates of "digital" are particularly worth considering? 
To see what might leap from the screen at me I went to Antoinette 
Renouf's WebCorp (http://www.webcorp.org.uk/live/). As you might be able 
to predict from a trawling of the Web, the heavy hitters tend not to 
surprise: (1) photographic terms, such as "cameras", "photography"; (2) 
related terms of digital media; (3) technological terms. At the 30th 
place was "digital humanities", also not surprisingly. Others relatively 
high on the list were "culture", "Editions" (because of Adobe) and so on.

To pursue this any further we'd need a frequency list organized by 
strangeness, uneasiness, degree of upset or whatever one might call 
"interest" when being less bland, more self-consciously, bravely 

So, let me ask, apart from "materiality" what strikes sparks against 
"digital"? My choice would be "memory".

Willard McCarty, FRAI / Professor of Humanities Computing & Director of
the Doctoral Programme, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College
London; Professor, School of Humanities and Communication Arts,
University of Western Sydney; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
(www.isr-journal.org); Editor, Humanist
(www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist/); www.mccarty.org.uk/

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