Digital History — Spring 2010

April 10, 2010

The ghost in the machine?

Filed under: Uncategorized — ths117 @ 6:26 am

I can’t quite remember which of our recent readings it was that discussed the occasional presence of workers’ hands in the images of books scanned for the Google Books project…

…but in doing some background reading for my course website, I came across just that very thing (page 54, in case the link isn’t exact).

Not only is it a jarring reminder of the human labor that goes into this project, it’s just plain jarring and kind of creepy! (And makes it tough to read Lowell’s snark on Margaret Fuller, too.)

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