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Humanist Archives: Sept. 30, 2019, 6:34 a.m. Humanist 33.285 - There was a time when the Internet...

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 285.
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        Date: 2019-09-30 05:28:36+00:00
        From: Jim O'Donnell 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 33.259: There was a time when the Internet...

Willard, in the late spring of 1992, on the campus of the University of
Illinois Chicago Circle (as then was), when you had been keynoting the
North American Serials Group annual meeting, we were chatting in the
hall (I think it was our first f2f meeting) and I said something
conventional of the time about how the Internet was off-limits to
commercial activity and this was our hope and you said to me, Jim, I
think we've got about five years before the big boys come in and take
over, we have to do what we can now to shape the future.  It was less in
fact than five years.


On Thu, Sep 19, 2019 at 10:05 PM Humanist  wrote:

                        Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 259.
                  Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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              Date: 2019-09-19 20:19:31+00:00
              From: Willard McCarty 
              Subject: once upon a time

      > There was a time when the Internet seemed to promise the world
        to the
      > world. When it appeared to be opening up a benign, infinite network
      > of possibilities, in which everyone was enfranchised and newly
      > accessible to one another as they were drawn, in one of Jia
      > Tolentino’s many felicitous phrases, to the “puddles and blossoms of
      > other people’s curiosity and expertise.” It would be a world in
      > hierarchies in whatever guise would be upended, a democratic
        forum to
      > rival and exceed the philosophical marketplace of ancient Greece (no
      > exclusion of anyone, not women, not slaves). At the very least, it
      > was a place where, because you could be sure that someone out there
      > was listening, you would find yourself able to articulate the
      > thoughts that, for lack of an audience, had previously threatened to
      > remain forever unspoken, stuck to the tip of your tongue.

     Thus begins Jacqueline Rose's "Song of my self-care", New York
     Review of Books, 10 October
     reviewing Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion
     by Jia Tolentino.

     Read on.


     Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/ ),
     Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College
     London; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
     ) and Humanist
     (www.dhhumanist.org )

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