Future U: Rise of the digital humanities
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Future U is a multipart series on the university of the 21st century. We will be investigating the possible future of the textbook, the technological development of libraries, how tech may change the role of the professor, and the future role of technology in museums, research parks, and university-allied institutions of all kinds.
As in so many questions whose rhetorical fulcrum is the application of new technology, a great deal of the sound and fury surrounding digital humanities comes from two extremes: those who believe the digital half of digital humanities will save the humanities half and those who believe it will destroy it.
Dinosaurs fighting in a tar pit
Todd Presner, chair of UCLA's Digital Humanities Center provides an example of the first in the "Digital Humanities Manifesto 2.0." The New York Times' Stanley Fish provides a gorgeously, almost sensually written example of the second in two of his columns for the the Times.
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