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Digital Natives

Young people may be “digital natives” (an offensive term from the start) in their consumption of interactive multimedia and the Internet, but much less so in their critical use of the digital. In digital humanities we are all foreigners. There are no natives. And there shouldn’t be. Only by developing the self-reflection, application of critical judgment, and sense of interpretive complexity that are the hallmark of the humanities can one start to grasp the place of the digital. Only by getting a bit out of your head—and out of the machine—by studying history, literature, art, science, and other fields, can one finally start to get into it. Starting to feel at home on your homepage means grappling with how strange and alien both it and you are.

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