Electronic Editions in Action: JSTOR’s Understanding Hamlet

We talked a bit about metadata and XML markup back in Week 4, in particular in the lecture “Electronic Scholarly Editions and Digital Scholarly Editing.” We’ve also had some optional readings on metadata and XML, usually focusing specifically on the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) guidelines for using XML to mark up texts, including this week’s […]

Women Programmers, the History of Computing, and Romantic Poetry

Believe it or not, the early history of modern computing has a strong connection to Romantic poetry, specifically to George Gordon Byron, Lord Byron through his daughter Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (often simply referred to as Ada Lovelace). You see, after divorcing Lord Byron, Ada’s mother was so fearful of her daughter growing up […]

Digital Writing Month 2014

November is Digital Writing Month. As Adeline Koh argues, anyone who uses digital technology and is engaged in the humanities is, in one form or another, a digital humanist.1 So, what is Digital Writing Month? Digital Writing Month’s sponsors, Hybrid Pedagogy, announces and explains the idea in “Invention, Ambition, Fearlessness: Digital Writing Month 2014“: Adeline Koh has […]

Sample Reading Response Posts

As you get ready to write your Reading Response post for this week, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite posts from last week. Each makes use of one or more of the week’s readings to think through ideas and they do so by making specific reference to the texts we’ve […]

Resource for Electronic Scholarly Editions

As we look at electronic scholarly editions, you might want to take a look at the online journal Scholarly Editing. Not only will you find a number of recent articles on scholarly editing, each issue of Scholarly Editing include a number of electronic scholarly editions. You can find all 10 scholarly editions published in issues […]

Lecture: The Medium Is the Massage, pp. 150-151

One of my favorite image-text juxtapositions of The Medium Is the Massage is that on pages 150-51, the image of the surfing business man and McLuhan’s claim that Poe’s story “The Descent into the Maelstrom” can serve as “a possible stratagem for understanding our predicament, our electrically-configured whirl.” Below are five resources to help decipher the […]

Lecture: The Medium Is the Massage, pp. 94-96, 119

Pages 94-96 of The Medium Is the Massage encapsulates the challenge of reading the book. In fact, in McLuhan, or Modernism in Reverse Glenn Willmot argues that The Medium Is the Massage is often undecipherable, and points specifically to the juxtaposition of the Dance of the Dead on pages 94-95 with that of the nude cellist on page 96. In trying […]

An Index to The Medium Is the Massage

For me, one of the more frustrating aspects of working with The Medium Is the Massage is its lack of index. (Indexes, by the way, are a product of print. Before print, no two books were the same. Illumination – the decorative elements from odd marginalia to decorative large capital letters at the starts of […]

Example of a Webtext Design-edit

In the first episode of KairosCast, a new section of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, editor Cheryl Ball offers a walk-through of webtext design-edit for better readability (section 1.1a). Also part of the first episode is Kyle Stedman‘s “Setting Up Class,” the first episode in Plugs, Play, Pedagogy, an ongoing series that explores integrating technology […]