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Humanist Archives: June 14, 2020, 7:57 a.m. Humanist 34.107 - third spaces?

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 34, No. 107.
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        Date: 2020-06-13 23:29:02+00:00
        From: Francois Lachance 
        Subject: Third Spaces


I am often intrigued by the details that surface in parataxis. One recent
example is from the acknowledgments to Warren Sack's _The Software Arts_ where
he makes special mention of the spots he worked in while composing his book.


Many of the pages I have written have been composed next to the Centre Pompidou
at the Café Beaubourg in Paris and on Pacifica Avenue in Santa Cruz at Lulu
Carpenter's. I thank the respective owners and staff of these two cafés for
their hospitality and their production of third spaces with food, drink, and
just the right balance of social interaction and isolation.


The shoutout marking the material conditions of production resonates with a
passage found later in the introduction about "computational participation":


"Computational thinking," promoted by the US National Science Foundation, the
website code.org, supported by a coalition of largely corporate concerns, and
other educational initiatives deploy a discourse of computation-as-thinking so
abstract that it seems to apply to everything but refers to nothing in

Nevertheless, thinking is always about something, and it is always thinking with
other people[*]

[*] Computer science educator Yasmin Kafai suggest that we consider
"computational participation" as a more appropriate framework instead of
"computational thinking," for exactly this reason. See Yasmin B. Kafai and Quinn
Burke, _Connected Code: Why Children Need to Learn Programming_, John D. and
Catherine T. Macarthur Foundation Series on Digital Media and Learning
(Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2014).


While transcribing this passages for Humanist, I am intrigued about the history
and potential of third spaces in digital humanities.

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François Lachance
Wannabe Professor of Theoretical and Applied Rhetoric

to think is often to sort, to store and to shuffle: humble, embodied tasks

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