Sapping Attention: Second epistle to the intellectual historians

I. The new USIH blogger LD Burnett has a post up expressing ambivalence about the digital humanities because it is too eager to reject books. This is a pretty common argument, I think, familiar to me in less eloquent forms from New York Times comment threads. It’s a rhetorically appealing position–to set oneself up as a defender of the book against the philistines who not only refuse to read it themselves, but want to take your books away and destroy them. I worry there’s some mystification in…  ยป
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@TimHitchcock on Twitter
@TimHitchcock: Great post by @benmschmidt on the issues of e-intellectuals http://t.co/2NMEtBX5
@dancohen on Twitter
@dancohen: Love the way that @benmschmidt wrestles with changes in scholarly communication & authority in this post: http://t.co/xW2cEnCP
@jmcclurken on Twitter
@jmcclurken: Wow. @benmschmidt on DH & its critiques: http://t.co/tTTvMC37 –Part I is thoughtful; Part II is great.
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@LibSkrat: Bookmark: Sapping Attention: Second epistle to the intellectual historians http://t.co/YSLR4vid
@ncecire on Twitter
@ncecire: "It’s as if I were asked to review for a journal of theology, and handed a rough draft of First Peter." Schmidt on JDH: http://t.co/8eJbhl11

broadsides 22 February 2012