Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 645. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org  From: Lewis Ulman
Subject: Rhetoric of digital humanities (9)  From: Elyse Graham Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.644: the rhetoric of digital humanities (81) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: 2019-05-03 14:35:11+00:00 From: Lewis Ulman Subject: Rhetoric of digital humanities Perhaps something in Rhetoric and the Digital Humanities, ed. Jim Ridolfo and William Hart-Davidson (U of Chicago P, 2014) Howard Lewis Ulman email@example.com -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: 2019-05-03 12:05:24+00:00 From: Elyse Graham Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.644: the rhetoric of digital humanities I looked at the salesmanship aspect here, especially as it affects the framing of histories that have a complex rather than a straightforward relationship to DH: https://acrl.ala.org/dh/2016/10/20/resource-the-printing-press-as-metaphor/ Thanks, EG On Fri, May 3, 2019 at 1:30 AM Humanist wrote: > Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 644. > Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London > Hosted by King's Digital Lab > www.dhhumanist.org > Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org > > > > > Date: 2019-05-03 05:12:25+00:00 > From: Willard McCarty > Subject: the rhetoric of digital humanities > > Forgive my ignorance: if someone has already done a rhetorical > analysis of the language used in digital humanities please say. If > it remains undone then I'd like to suggest there's an opportunity for > encouraging greater disciplinary self-understanding and maturity. > It's my overall (i.e. fuzzy) impression, you see, that the language > we use remains rather badly infected by promotionalism in comparison > with other disciplines (other than our technological cousins), > such that we overstate rather than simply say whatever it is that is > that needs saying. The opposite of crying "Wolf! Wolf!", if you will. > > Computing has been bound up with salesmanship since the beginning; > as Michael Mahoney wrote in "Shaping the history of computing" > (Histories of Computing, p. 50), > > > from the outset, computing has had to sell itself, whether to the > > government as big machines for scientific computing essential to > > national defense, to business and industry as systems vital to > > management, or to universities as scientific and technological > > disciplines deserving of academic standing and even departmental > > autonomy. The computing community very quickly learned the skills of > > advertising and became adept at marketing what it often could not yet > > produce. The result is that computing has had an air of wishful > > thinking about it. > > It's the "deserving of academic standing" that drives much of it for us. > But even when a major university is biting the bullet and advertising > for a professorship in the subject, or a professor at such an institution > moves into digital humanities and proclaims his or her new work, the > attendant rhetoric often glitters with claims that we are barely > able to support if at all. If, indeed, digital humanities is "transforming > the humanities", then how is it doing that, in what sense? Justification > makes for considerable nervousness, and so the "wishful thinking". > Revolutions are declared, as Mahoney goes on to say, that are > "subsequently (and quietly) canceled owing to unforeseen difficulties." > Would it not be better instead to be asking difficult questions that > other disciplines are struggling with, offering a new take on them -- > or that these disciplines have not yet thought to ask? And in so > doing, building bridges to these disciplines across which mutual help > -- and that longed-for recognition -- can flow? > > If there are gaps in the above, please fill them in. > > Comments? > > Yours, > WM > > -- > Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), > Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College > London; > Adjunct Professor, Western Sydney University; Editor, Interdisciplinary > Science Reviews (www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20) and Humanist > (www.dhhumanist.org) _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: email@example.com List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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