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Durham University

Department of English Studies


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Publication details for Professor Claire Warwick

Gooding, P., Warwick, C. & Terras, M. (2012), The Myth of the New: Mass Digitization, Distant Reading and the Future of the Book, Digital Humanities 2012. Hamburg, Germany.

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This paper proposes the importance of developing a realistic theoretical framework for the rise of mass digitization: the importance of the diffusion of innovations in shaping public opinion on technology; hyperbole and the myth of the ‘digital sublime’ (Mosco 2004); and the role of different media in shaping human understanding. It proposes that mass digitization can only be viewed as a significant deviation from the print medium when it emerges from the shadow of the Gutenberg Press and exerts a similarly powerful paradigm of its own, and that as a result there is a disconnect between the reality of the medium and the discourse with which it is surrounded.

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