The past decade has seen a profound shift in our collective understanding of the digital network.
What was once understood to be a transcendent virtual reality is now experienced as a ubiquitous grid of data that we move through and interact with every day, raising new questions about the social, locative, embodied, and object-oriented nature of our experience in the networked world. In The Emergence of the Digital Humanities, Steven E.
Jones examines this shift in our relationship to digital technology and the ways that it has affected humanities scholarship and the academy more broadly.
Based on the premise that the network is now everywhere rather than merely "out there," Jones links together seemingly disparate cultural events-the essential features of popular social media, the rise of motion-control gaming and mobile platforms, the controversy over the "gamification" of everyday life, the spatial turn, fabrication and 3D printing, and electronic publishing-and argues that cultural responses to changes in technology provide an essential context for understanding the emergence of the digital humanities as a new field of study in this millennium.