Digital Scholarship

steampunk_archive_icon_by_yereverluvinuncleber-d5jsav0Friedberg, Anne. “On Digital Scholarship.” Cinema Journal 48.2 (Winter 2009): 150-54.

“we are now able to write with the very images and sounds that we have heen analyzing [italics in the original]” (Friedberg 150).

“one thin slice of digital scholarship’s thick potential: the translation of writing and reading to digital format, the material specificities of the paper-based book, and the potentials and liabilities of its translation to digital form” (Friedberg 151).

“The computer screen is both a “page” and a “window,” at once opaque and transparent; it commands a new posture for the practice of writing and reading—one that requires looking into the computer page as if through the frame of a window. And that window is simultaneously a scroll, a codex, a mechanically copied and mass-reproduced text” (Friedberg 151).

Note: She is talking about writing on the Kindle, so …

“[I]n the present—let us call it Writing in the Digital 2.0—we rely on new tools of access and creation for new forms of scholarship: composing with moving images, with sounds, with hyperlinks, and with online connectivity. Scholarship that is “born digital,” its digital form not a supplement or a translation but part and parcel from inception…” (Friedberg 152).

“As a book writer, I was stuck in that ekphrastic mode of having to describe images—still and moving—in language and with only limited illustration” (Friedberg 152).

“the creative and conceptual design skills necessary for Writing in the Digital may naturally select those who will venture to become adept scholar- practitioners—the learning curve with multimedia authoring tools like Macromedia Director and Flash, Adobe Illustrator is steep” (Friedberg 153).


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