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Debates in the Digital Humanities$
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Matthew K. Gold

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677948

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677948.001.0001

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Debates in the Digital Humanities

Ian Bogost

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter presents the author’s thoughts about the sordid state of the humanities, its marginalized role in addressing the critical needs of literacies for the twenty-first century. He says that the problem is not the humanities as a discipline, but its members. Humanists are insufferable. They reject change, centrality, and interaction with the world. They mistake the tiny pastures of private ideals with the megalopolis of real lives. They spin from their mouths retrograde dreams of the second coming of the nineteenth century while simultaneously dismissing the far more earnest ambitions of the public at large—religion, economy, family, craft, science. Digital humanities offers a potential cure by pointing humanists toward the real world: a world of humans, things, and ideas.

Keywords:   digital humanities, humanists, real world

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