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Sport History in the Digital Age: Muhammad Ali, Digitised Newspapers and Distant Reading

This post is about a number of different things. It’s about Muhammad Ali, cultural memory, names, the press, the civil rights era and racial discourse. More than anything however, the words that follow are about exploring new ways of doing historical work in the digital age. 2,164 more words

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Steve Townsend at Sport in American History has written an article where he describes using "distant reading" to analyze large amounts of digital data on Muhammad Ali. According to Townsend, distant reading allows researchers "to see a body of texts in a broad, topographical way. In doing this we can 'look down' upon a body of work and pick out the trends and concepts that interest us." Townsend used distant reading to examine when newspapers used the names “Muhammad Ali” and “Cassius Clay” over an eleven year period. This is an intriguing experiment because Townsend points out that each of these names is tied two different identities. While Cassius Clay identity was that of a “brash young boxer,” Muhammad Ali could more accurately be described as an international “geopolitical figure.” Townsend’s distant reading leads to some interesting conclusions.

Changing Reading Habits in the Humanities

Over the past eight or so years there has been a push by educators and school administrators to have students in both k-12 and higher education use e-readers to obtain relevant scholarship and advance their educational careers. 848 more words

Thinking Out Loud

Ghosts Towns, Process, and Product on the World Wide Web

I had originally intended to write about the local humanities this morning, but I was distracted by an interesting little discussion on the internet. A local author, Troy Larson, took issues with a website produced for a class offered by Tom Isern, a historian at North Dakota State University. 1,259 more words

Digital Archaeology

"Homosexuals in Cork" 1978 Radio Programme

The Cork Branch of the Irish Gay Rights Movement (IGRM) was established in 1976.

The aims of the IGRM were to be achieved through

(i) Reform of laws relating to homosexuality… 794 more words

DIgital History

Scotland goes tapestry bonkers (3)

Number three of the great tapestries to come out of Prestonpans is the one stitched by the Scottish communities across the world.

As such, the… 314 more words

Digital History

Backlash against the digital humanities movement

Our new colleague at Hertfordshire, Adam Crymble, has recently written an ‘essay on the backlash against the digital humanities movement’ – a reflection on ‘living in the age of digital hubris’ over the past decade.  289 more words


Do E-Readers Threaten Learning in the Humanities? - In One Word - NO

Naomi S. Baron in a post at the Chronicle of Higher Education argues that e-reading is the single greatest threat to the humanities.  Well, maybe not the biggest threat, but enough of a menace for Baron to publish a soon to be released book from Oxford University Press extolling the dangers posed by e-readers entitled  582 more words

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