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Towards a theory of digital companionship

vicks inhaler nasal stick price philippines Now that Nicholas Carr has declared the ebook revolution over, it’s time to get back to thinking about the interactions between print and digital media and how they mutually influence one another. A few years back I wrote a piece about digital companions that accompanied a website I created to …

Reading’s Black Boxes

One of the bigger challenges facing the humanities today with the changing nature of our reading interfaces is the problem of technical opacity, what goes by the colloquial name of the black box. Do we need to know how computers or computation work to understand an electronic text? Or can …

Back to School: What do you do when you come back and your department is gone? Go to computer class of course.

When I returned to school last month, two things had changed noticeably on my campus. First, my department was gone. The department of German literature and culture, in which I had been a professor, was the latest victim in the so-called decline of the humanities. (To be fair, we weren’t …