RESOURCE: Digital Humanities and Digital Media: Conversations on Politics, Culture, Aesthetics and Literacy

Earlier this month, Open Humanities Press released the new volume Digital Humanities and Digital Media: Conversations on Politics, Culture, Aesthetics and Literacy, edited by Roberto Simanowski.

The observations shared in this book take the form of conversations about digital media and culture centered around four distinct thematic fields: politics and government, algorithm and censorship, art and aesthetics, as well as media literacy and education. Among the keywords discussed are: data mining, algorithmic regulation, sharing culture, filter bubble, distant reading, power browsing, deep attention, transparent reader, interactive art, participatory culture. The interviewees (mostly from the US, but also from France, Brazil, and Denmark) were given a set of common questions as well specific inquiries tailored to their individual areas of interest and expertise. As a result, the book both identifies different takes on the same issues and enables a diversity of perspectives when it comes to the interviewees’ particular concerns.

The table of contents of the book is copied below:

  • Roberto Simanowski Introduction
  • Johanna Drucker At the intersection of computational methods and the traditional humanities
  • John Cayley Of Capta, vectoralists, reading and the Googlization of universities
  • Erick Felinto Mediascape, antropotechnics, culture of presence, and the flight from God
  • David Golumbia Computerization always promotes centralization even as it promotes decentralization
  • Ulrik Ekman Network Societies 2.0: The extension of computing into the social and human environment
  • Mihai Nadin Enslaved by digital technology
  • Nick Montfort Self-monitoring and corporate interests
  • Rodney Jones The age of print literacy and ‘deep critical attention’ is filled with war, genocide and environmental devastation
  • Diane Favro, Kathleen Komar, Todd Presner, Willeke Wendrich Surfing the web, algorithmic criticism and Digital Humanities
  • N. Katherine Hayles Opening the depths, not sliding on surfaces
  • Jay David Bolter From writing space to designing mirrors
  • Bernard Stiegler Digital knowledge, obsessive computing, short-termism and need for a negentropic Web

Users may download and read the open access book in full at the Open Humanities Press website, or purchase a paperback for $15.

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