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Digital Distant Reading

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Mae Capozzi

on 26 April 2015

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Transcript of Digital Distant Reading

Topic Modeling

• Java-based

• Run on the command line

• Distant Reading

• How is the corpus assembled?

• The corpus as an assemblage
Vital Materialism
Object - Oriented Ontology
• Alien Phenomenology or What It's Like to Be a Thing
by Ian Bogost

• flat ontology

Cyborg Theory

A Cyborg Manifesto
by Donna Haraway

How We Became Posthuman
by N. Katherine Hayle

• Relationship between humans and computers

• Distributed Cognition

Works Cited
Bennett, Jane. Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things. Durham:
Duke UP, 2010. Print.

Bogost, Ian. Alien Phenomenology, Or, What It's like to Be a Thing.
Minneapolis: U of Minnesota, 2012. Print.

"Donna Haraway, "A Cyborg Manifesto Science, Technology, and
Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century," in Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature (New York; Routledge, 1991), Pp.149-181." Donna Haraway. Web. 06 Apr. 2015.

Hayles, Katherine. How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in
Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics. Chicago, IL: U of Chicago, 1999. Print.
Digital Distant Reading
An Undergraduate Perspective on the Digital Humanities
• Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things
by Jane Bennett


What is the Corpus?
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Example of a Topic
Undergraduate DH
Ability to synthesize information
Different perspective from other students
"We need...to devise new procedures, technologies, and regimes of perception that enable us to consult nonhumans more closely, or to listen and respond more carefully to their outbreaks, objections, testimonies, and propositions."
As philosophers, our job is to amplify the black noise of objects to make the resonant frequencies of the stuffs inside them hum in credibly satisfying ways...Our job is to go where everyone has gone before, but where few have bothered to linger.
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