Shakespeare on The Internet and in Digital Media

Michael Best

in The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780748635238
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652297 | DOI:
Shakespeare on The Internet and in Digital Media

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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

Chapter.  10719 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Shakespeare Studies and Criticism

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