More reflections on the history of predicting the book’s demise.

“The Book” has been dying for a long time. Although I don’t have any actual data to back this up, I sense that the cultural propensity to predict the the book’s demise is directly proportional to the amount of attention we pay to the adoption of digital technologies. More simply: the more computers we see, the more we thinks books are dying. And arguing (not for, in most cases, but…

September 5, 2010
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Anthologize: A Test Drive

(After the jump: Two videos introducing and capturing the test drive.) Recently, the “One Week, One Tool” project from the Center for History and New Media announced the release of a new tool called “Anthologize.” Free. Open-source. And WordPress-integrated. The internet has been buzzing among the relatively small crowd of digital humanists to who this tool might be relevant. In order to know what it’s like, you gotta have a…

August 5, 2010
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Scanning Books about Making Handmade Books

I spent most of the day scanning books into long PDFs yesterday. The books focused on two different subjects: the craft of physically constructing books (i.e. folding, gluing, sewing), and the future of books as they become increasingly digital. I’ve written about the latter at length already, and I’ll continue to address that topic in future posts. For this post, though, I want to think about a couple of aspects…

April 5, 2010
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Scanning Books about Making Handmade Books

I spent most of the day scanning books into long PDFs yesterday. The books focused on two different subjects: the craft of physically constructing books (i.e. folding, gluing, sewing), and the future of books as they become increasingly digital. I’ve written about the latter at length already, and I’ll continue to address that topic in future posts. For this post, though, I want to think about a couple of aspects…

April 5, 2010
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Creeping Featurism

I produced this little video as one of my daily reflections for a graduate seminar in digital media production. (w/Debra Journet, Summer 2007, University of Louisville). It was my first attempt at making some sort of a scholarly argument, albeit modest, with multimedia capture and editing tools. Debra’s idea for the course was that we should learn about producing multimedia texts by producing them. And each day, after class, we…

November 29, 2009
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Speaking of “Digital”

“Digital.” (text). A word. (It’s context.) So what do we talk about when we talk about “digital”? Two important attributes: Screen-mediation and binary encoding. Screen-mediated. It’s in this sense that I think we most regularly inhabit our notions of “digital.” Maybe more generally, screen-mediation situates texts squarely in the context of computers (in their myriad forms). It’s no secret that computers are becoming more ubiquitous, more convenient, more portable, and…

November 27, 2009
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