Radiant Textuality: Literature after the World Wide Web, by Jerome McGann

The archive was built under the auspices of the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Technology in Humanities (IATGH), which was founded the same year as The Rosseti Archive was begun..

The use of IT in humanities disciplines began in the late 1940s with Father Roberto Busa SJ, whose work on the copus of St. Thomas Aquinas set the terms in which humanities computing would operate successfully for more than 40 years.  Two lines of work dominate the period: first the creation of databases of humanities materials — almost exclusively textual materials — for various types of automated retrieval, search, and analysis; second, the design and construction of statistical models for studying language formalities of many kinds, ranging from social and historical linguistics to the study of literary forms.

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Marshall McLuhan’s Mosaic: Probing the Literary Origins of Media Studies

In fact, it is not that wrong to read the potentialities of McLuhan’s mosaic through the heuristic process of hypertext, especially since the newest theories on digital hypertext have convincingly discussed it as a form wihich enables and even fosters a convergence between technology and contemporary critical theory..

… we must abandon conceptual systems founded on ideas of centre, margin, hierarchy, and linearity and replace them by ones of multilinearity, nodes, links, and networks… Almost all parties to this paradigm shift, which marks a revolution in human thought, see electronic writing as a direct response to the strengths and weaknesses of the printed book, on of the major landmarks in the history of human thought.

Globe & Mail: McLuhan at 100

McLuhan and fellow U of T scholar Harold Innis were at one time alone among students of human society in making the history of mass media central to the history of civilization. Today it’s a given.

.. He saw three great changes in human history related to communications technology, each one having an exponentially greater effect on humanity, each one externalizing, or “outing,” one or more of the senses.

.. My suggestion for students is to begin with the articles written by McLuhan – ‘Acoustic Space’ and ‘The Effect of the Printed Book on the language of the 16th century’ and a couple others that appear in the anthology entitled Explorations in Communication. These articles are lucid, comprehensible introductions to McLuhan’s thought.”