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New Mediums: New Perspectives On Knowledge Production

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For centuries the book, the journal and other forms of print have served scholars as their chief knowledge instruments. In the context of the current rapid transformation, it is particularly instructive to take a look at the dynamic history of the textual mediums. Past textual practicesin manuscript and printcan help equip us for a better understanding of the digital present. Discovery is a social development, involving crucially the recognition of an inventions social uses and significance. This chapter talks about the nature of the digital textual medium, with a particular view to explore the relationship between its technological properties and their social effects. It concentrates on the medial aspect of digital textuality and its history. There are three relatively distinct phases also in social digital textual practice: the way we have as humanities researchers used the computer for text processing.

Keywords: digital textual medium; knowledge production; manuscript; medial transformativity; text processing



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