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  1. Niall Said
    I think you’re arguing slightly at cross purposes with Fish, or rather, broadly agreeing with him without quite acknowledging it. To my mind, your statement that the digital humanities can’t be reduced to a manifesto more or less accords with his statement that digital has no inherent political valence.

    But he’s right that certain trends in digital humanities are insurgent and radical. In this era of technology patent wars, and the walled-garden approach to tech sharing represented by the Apple and Android app stores, even something as apparently neutral as a commitment to open source has a political/ideological undertow. That it can’t be reduced to a manifesto is neither here nor there.

    Of course, there are more strands to the digital humanities than the ones Fish is talking about, and you’re perfectly correct to say that it’s a field of emerging traditions (a nice phrase, and a nice way of thinking about it), but again, I don’t see any major disagreement between your views. I don’t, for instance, see him calling for any developments or technologies to be thrown away.
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  2. Foo
    I was aculatly thinking last night about a session on the ecologies of DH as well our tech does not come from nowhere, and it is material in its impacts on the world. How does that factor into the warm fuzziness of DH community ethos?
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