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A rhetoric of newness

“Whenever we ask what new technology can do for textual scholars, we must not lose sight of a deeper questions: what is at stake in the work textual scholarship does, digitally and otherwise? What makes this work worth doing? Progress narratives almost always leave something important behind, and information culture itself has been accused of systematically forgetting its own history, and of succumbing to a ‘rhetoric of newness’ and ‘rhetoric of amnesia.’”

Galey, A. (2010). The human presence in digital artifacts. In W. McCarty’s Text and Genre in Reconstruction: Effects of Digitalization on Ideas, Behaviours, Products, and Institutions. Cambridge: Open Book Publishers, 2010.