“3D Printing: The Next Industrial Revolution explores the practicalities and potential of 3D printing today, as well as trying to realistically foresee the impact of 3D printing on the world of tomorrow. The book is written for a wide audience, including 3D printing enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, designers, investors, students, and indeed anybody who wants to be more informed about the next round of radical technological change.” Amazon
Aside from the inherent context of impression printing, it is interesting that the neither the paperback or Kindle edition is a 3D print product. Here is a new disconnect where communication commodification and transacion are not reflexive with their message or even with the revolutions they breed.
It was once so that book printing was component with the revolutions it provoked and now digital humanists are great advocates for recultivating that interplay and for re-engagement with project “making”. Books describing polymeric 3d printing appear to be leaking away from that engagement. A new zombie.
And is the book, a narrative exposition featuring an extensive textual transmission constrained to bionic readership, really a zombie and an Old One? Eating away at our mind, this infiltrator lurks from times of Homind evolution. Are digital humanists looking for a different medium that is not really there?
A meaningless thing; the word “thing: is right up there with “nice” as the most overused and meaningless. There are “things” influencing un-employment, international negotiations or validations of digital humanities. What is wrong with ingredients, factors, components, or even elements?
Want to talk about real things? Well let’s mention space material in the type case. It was once true in the letterpress era that spaces were as real as letters. We don’t discuss this in the binary world; there is no thing such as a positive-negative or the option to state that something absent (0) is there (1).
The inadmission of a positive-negative is a digital constraint. Say you wished to positively observe that a paper spine lining is not present in an early cloth binding, laced construction where it usually is? You cannot just not enter the observation. Or say that an automated certification of a digital book cannot measure the absence of a authentic source, or a digital graphic of a survey is presented that cannot depict the simultaneous presence of a positive opinion in direct association with a negative opinion as entertained by a given respondent.
At first blush digital humanities presents a bit of paradox. This para-pause concerns the role of non-bionic neurology of computer analytics in formulation of species based knowledge. It would not be the first time that humanists have adventured outside as humanist opinion in non-bionic spheres of theology and technology indicates. But that is kind of the point; that humans adventured into those spheres on their own terms.
So, is digital humanities a humanist intrusion into some other knowledge territory? A prosthetic approach of cyborg cooperation may not really be sufficient here. And what of the option of just barging ahead (as we are doing anyway)? Isn’t paradox an exemplary humanistic fix? Full steam ahead! Matthew Kirschenbaum offers the very best synopsis of a way forward. (see)
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