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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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Where’s the Beef? Does Digital Humanities Have to Answer Questions?

Where’s the Beef? Does Digital Humanities Have to Answer Questions?

(p.56) Where’s the Beef? Does Digital Humanities Have to Answer Questions?
Debates in the Digital Humanities

Tom Scheinfeldt

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter considers the criticism most frequently leveled at digital humanities, the so-called “Where’s the beef?” question—that is, what questions does digital humanities answer that can’t be answered without it? What humanities arguments does digital humanities make? It acknowledges that digital humanities must eventually make arguments and answer questions. However, digital humanists need time to articulate their digital apparatus, to produce new phenomena that they can neither anticipate nor explain immediately. At the very least, they need to make room for both kinds of digital humanities, the kind that seeks to make arguments and answer questions now, and the kind that builds tools and resources with questions in mind, but only in the back of its mind and only for later.

Keywords:   digital humanities, digital humanists, arguments, questions

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