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Digital Humanities: Finally Fit to Print in NYT

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/17/arts/17digital.html?_r=1&emc=eta1

Today the  New York Times decided that digital humanities deserved a write-up. Appropriately, you can get the most from this wide-ranging article by Patricia Coen in its online incarnation, which is full of links to sources and resources named in the article. If you’re a latecomer to the notion of digital humanities,  how it proposes to ‘dig into data’ differently than in a  world of paper archives, and what fresh interpretations it proposes via data visualization and similar tools, Coen’s introductory survey is a good place to start.

But please read it online–and follow its links, and their subsequent links. That’s the point the media itself makes: in such “links”  (a mechanistic term some of us dislike, preferring an expansive, living metaphor like tree / branch /root /twig /leaf /seed /fruit), the story itself branches out and roots around in the active reader’s intelligence long after the paper version of the article has been recycled.

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