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Mark Thornton Burnett and Adrian Streete

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780748635238

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635238.001.0001

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Shakespeare on The Internet and in Digital Media

Shakespeare on The Internet and in Digital Media

(p.558) 30 Shakespeare on The Internet and in Digital Media
The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts

Michael Best

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the ways that scholars and Shakespeare enthusiasts have been seizing the opportunities that have opened up in digital media despite the speed of change. It deals with the politically transformative role for the digital humanities. The movement towards an integrated graphic interface on the computer screen has made transparent the distinction between a computer application or program and the activities the user performs with it. The internet has certainly had a major impact on the more direct processes of democracy. In the long run, the speed of change will inevitably diminish, as technology reaches its limits and as the new medium establishes its own expectations and conventions, but in the meantime opportunity beckons, offering Shakespeareans and students of the Humanities a challenge to grasp the potential of the medium.

Keywords:   Shakespeare, internet, digital media, digital humanities, integrated graphic interface, democracy

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