How to think about facts: immersion and speculation (Week in Review)

Tom Streithorst’s comparison of the techno-salvation imagined in Star Wars versus the post-eco disaster anarchy imagined in Mad Max shows how both reflect potential outcomes of current trends. He hopes for the first but predicts a third outcome, one exemplified by Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake: techno dystopia ruled by corporate elite. Read about it here. — 

Do humanists use data? While many would reject data as too cold, hard, and objective to be the basis of humanities study, Miriam Posner makes a case for “humanities data.” Check out “Humanities Data: A Necessary Contradiction,” her description of the immersive acquisition of knowledge and the benefits for humanists of better “data management.” Trevor Owens’ post on “Macroscopes & Distant Reading” offers some more methodological approaches to humanities data. —

On a somewhat similar note, representing Digital Humanities organizations on Omeka’s neatline plugin shows conservative regional divisions that seem out of sync with the potential of DH research. —

Finally, because I love how Erik Desmazieres’ illustrations capture the labyrinthine intricacy of Jose Luis Borges’ worlds:


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