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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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Digital Humanities As/Is a Tactical Term

Digital Humanities As/Is a Tactical Term

(p.415) Chapter 23 Digital Humanities As/Is a Tactical Term
Debates in the Digital Humanities

Matthew Kirschenbaum

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the notion of digital humanities as a tactical term. Digital humanities, on the one hand, is a term possessed of enough currency and escape velocity to penetrate layers of administrative strata to get funds allocated, initiatives under way, and plans set in motion. On the other hand, it is a populist term, self-identified and self-perpetuating through the algorithmic structures of contemporary social media. The chapter explores an example of each and then offers comments on the implications of this strange confluence. It argues that, not only is digital humanities constantly in flux, but also that the term is one whose mojo may be harnessed, either rhetorically or algorithmically or both, to make a statement, make a change, and otherwise get things done.

Keywords:   digital humanities, tactical term, change

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