[Humanist] 23.389 metaphors, roles, constructions

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Fri Oct 23 09:29:14 CEST 2009

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 23, No. 389.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2009 20:48:31 -0400 (EDT)
        From: Francois Lachance <lachance at chass.utoronto.ca>
        Subject: Metaphors, Roles, Disciplinary constructions


In an effort to enrich the discussions about disciplinary activity in the 21st century, I turn to a book published late in the last century: _Internet Dreams: Archetypes, Myths, and Metaphors_ edited by Mark Stefik. 

Stefik presents four metaphors:

digital library (The Keeper of Knowledge)
electronic mail (Communicator)
electronic marketplace (Trader)
digital world (Adventurer)

I wonder how these map out, if they do, onto the various roles assumed by the players who sustain and 
publicize the work of humanities computing. 

Francois Lachance, Scholar-at-large

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