Richard Hughes Gibson


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.

Paper Revolutions

from Eating and Being, Volume 21, Number 3

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.

Technology and Modern Friendship

from Reality and Its Alternatives, Volume 21, Number 2

The interplay of friendship and technology has been far longer-running than we think.

Crosscutting Lives

from The Evening of Life, Volume 20, Number 3

Everybody read Erasmus. Like all the other Reformers, Luther included several Erasmus titles in his personal library.

Just Staying in Touch?

from The Human and the Digital, Volume 20, Number 1

What has been the fate of phatic communication in social media?

Friendship by the Book

from The Post-Modern Self, Volume 19, Number 1

New books unleashed new projects, and new projects demanded new books, on and on, as if there were shelving without end.

A Reader’s Report

from The Post-Modern Self, Volume 19, Number 1

Sven Birkerts’s picture of “literary reading,” meanwhile, is too narrow to encompass the experience of even the books he most treasures.

Field Notes of a Sentence Watcher

Taking pleasure in a well-crafted sentence is a good in itself.

In the Sideshadows

Everyone contributes to the pandemic, so all bear responsibility.

The Idiosyncratic School of Reading

Self-knowledge and pleasure, the Idiosyncratics teach us, go hand in hand through the library.

No Mere Acquaintances

Renewing your weaks social ties might make your closest ties stronger.

From Pilgrim to Tourist to...?

One thinks of identity whenever one is not sure of where one belongs.

Reading Wealth of Nations and Meeting Adam Smith

To measure the Wealth of Nations, you had to inspect the shirts on people’s backs and the shoes on their feet.

Frederick Douglass and the American Project

It would be hard to blame him if he had lost faith in the republic.

An Appeal for Friction Writing

Our writing process lacks sufficient resistance, hesitation, reconsideration.

More Than Just a Word

Americans have been making arguments about the nature of their unity from the beginning.

A History Lesson from Alexander Hamilton

The events of January 6 went off script.

Digital Democracy’s Road Ahead

Looking abroad provides some relief from the doomsday projections with which we began.

The State of Digital Democracy Isn’t As Dire As It Seems

You don’t have to put on a rose-colored headset to see the upsides.

Can We Salvage Digital Democracy?

Can we salvage digital democracy?

Tortoises and Tigers: The Pleasures of a Long Read

Why read long books? Well, if you have to ask…

Still Searching

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.

Our Once and Future Citizens

How might the pandemic alter civic engagement?

On Tele-teaching

Any channel through which we can still communicate is good. It’s just not enough.

The Rebirth of Purgatory

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.