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McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: The Only Thing That Can Stop This Asteroid is Your Liberal Arts Degree.
"I don’t need some pencilneck with four Ph.D’s, one-thousand hours of simulator time, and the ability to operate a robot crane in low-Earth orbit. I need someone with four years of broad-but-humanities-focused studies, three subsequent years in temp jobs, and the ability to reason across multiple areas of study. I need someone who can read The Bell Jar and make strong observations about its representations of mental health and the repression of women. Sure, you’ve never even flown a plane before, but with only ten days until the asteroid hits, there’s no one better to nuke an asteroid."
humanities  mcsweeneys  humour  writing 
april 2012 by infovore
The Digital Humanities and Interpretation - NYTimes.com
"When another scholar worries that if one begins with data, one can “go anywhere,” Ramsay makes it clear that going anywhere is exactly what he wants to encourage. The critical acts he values are not directed at achieving closure by arriving at a meaning; they are, he says, “ludic” and they are “distinguished … by a refusal to declare meaning in any form.” The right question to propose “is not ‘What does the text mean?’ but, rather, ‘How do we ensure that it keeps on meaning’ — how … can we ensure that our engagement with the text is deep, multifaceted, and prolonged?”" Which is interesting, as is the whole article - the author is not convinced by the 'digital humanities', but he still links to some very interesting stuff about algorithmic criticism.
humanities  literature  criticism  literarycriticism  algorithms  data  datamining 
january 2012 by infovore
So you Want to Get a PhD in the Humanities
"A bright motivated undergrad decides to ask her professor for a recommendation to graduate school." XtraNormal makes everything somewhat more psychotic than even the original scripts suggest. Fun.
satire  academia  video  phd  humanities  xtranormal 
october 2010 by infovore

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