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“Confronting the Digital” Response

One of the questions we keep returning to throughout the course is whether digital history has actually changed the questions, problems, and opportunities facing historians or whether these are simply the same issues masquerading as novel ones. In “Confronting the Digital,” Tim Hitchcock makes the case for significant change. According to Hitchcock, historians have not responded effectively to the fact…

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Graphs, Maps, Trees Response

In Graphs, Maps, Trees: Abstract Models for Literary History, Franco Moretti makes the case for distant reading in literary studies. As someone who hasn’t taken a class on literature since high school, there was a lot that was unfamiliar to me, but I tried to think about how the book can apply to digital history. Moretti argues that the canon…

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Digital History Site: DHNow

The class assignment for October 3rd was to present on a digital history site. I chose to present on Digital Humanities Now (DHNow) because, as a Digital History Fellow at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, I participate in a weekly conversation with the center’s director and the other fellows about the content that comes through DHNow.…

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Something Lurking in The Shallows?

Because of the internet, humans are reading more than ever. The problem in this, according to Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains, is that our reading has become shallower. His argument is not that the internet is full of intellectually trivial content but that the medium itself encourages shallow reading and impedes our ability…

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