14 thoughts on “What Does Digital Humanities Bring to the Table?

  1. I agree, and I think your position is a very sensible one. And yet “putting this larger moral and ethical dilemma aside, or, more accurately, addressing it at a practical level” is also a very good description of the main and most potentially damaging intellectual shortcoming of digital humanities practice, in its profound practical *busyness.* One cannot set such dilemmas aside, or reduce them to practical problems, if digital humanities is to avoid becoming a form of dehumanization.

  2. Brian — Thanks for your comment. I agree. I would venture something like the following: practice must be infused with theoretical awareness—deep ethical and abstract study of the stakes of the digital; this theoretical awareness, however, can be deepened by experiences of practice—getting into the tools and their uses in specific instances. Let’s throw in a bit of poesis too, while we’re at it: we can make things with DH, we can create new ideas too, but the goal is also to make good things and create good ideas. The trick, I think, will be to be “busy,” as you critically put it, but in such a way that it enhances contemplation rather than drowning out thinking. I think Adeline Koh’s explorations of these issues are quite provocative: http://www.adelinekoh.org/blog/2012/05/21/more-hack-less-yack-modularity-theory-and-habitus-in-the-digital-humanities/. — Michael

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