Richard Hughes Gibson is associate professor of English at Wheaton College and the author of three books, including Paper Electronic Literature: An Archeology of Born-Digital Materials.
An important part of his legacy is his criticism of the critics.
We can’t properly define the Enlightenment without making reference to happiness.
Government ties to Big Tech run deep.
If projects like E-Estonia mark a break with paper, they also represent the continuation of an administrative order made possible by the first paper revolution.
The interplay of friendship and technology has been far longer-running than we think.
Everybody read Erasmus. Like all the other Reformers, Luther included several Erasmus titles in his personal library.
What has been the fate of phatic communication in social media?
New books unleashed new projects, and new projects demanded new books, on and on, as if there were shelving without end.
Sven Birkerts’s picture of “literary reading,” meanwhile, is too narrow to encompass the experience of even the books he most treasures.
If there is a war between database and narrative in Cervantes and Sterne, it is a merry one.
Just as Mims worries now over the unfulfilling tedium of employment at Amazon, Smith worried over the deleterious effects of monotonous work.
I observed that the most effective communicators delivered the most histrionic performances.
Self-knowledge and pleasure, the Idiosyncratics teach us, go hand in hand through the library.
One thinks of identity whenever one is not sure of where one belongs.
To measure the Wealth of Nations, you had to inspect the shirts on people’s backs and the shoes on their feet.
It would be hard to blame him if he had lost faith in the republic.
Our writing process lacks sufficient resistance, hesitation, reconsideration.
Americans have been making arguments about the nature of their unity from the beginning.
Looking abroad provides some relief from the doomsday projections with which we began.
You don’t have to put on a rose-colored headset to see the upsides.
The Internet is a technical system that has reshaped social roles and relationships in ways that we are at this point far from fully understanding. We are living out the terms of the new social contract.
While the purgatorial “industries” of Transhumanism might not yet represent a counter-revolution on the order of the Reformation, they are already substantial enough to warrant our attention.