by Anne Burdick, Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunenfeld, Todd Presner, Jeffrey Schnapp
MIT Press, 141 pp., $16.00
JULIANNE VANWAGENEN - Form or content? Both
I was reading Digital_Humanities on a Saturday evening just as my roommates and a group of friends were preparing to go out. As they put on their boots and scarves in the front hall, one member of the group commented on the book, specifically on page spreads 72-73 and 74-75: “Wow! That’s cool! What are you reading?” The poignancy of the moment was not lost on me. Digital_Humanities, seeks, in part, new ways to engage a vaster audience, through, among other techniques, an increased focus on the aesthetics of humanities productions. The book in that moment had proven its own hypothesis correct: the material and visual decisions made about a humanities production, can have just as important, if for different reasons, an effect on readership as the content itself.