Justin Berner Publishes Unhelpful Tools

23 Sep, 2020

Justin Berner Publishes Unhelpful Tools

BCNM graduate student Justin Berner recently published an essay titled "Unhelpful Tools: Reexamining the Digital Humanities through Eugenio Tisselli’s degenerative and regenerative" on Electronic Book Review, discussing topics such as electronic literature and digital posthumanism.

From the essay description:

Via close readings of Eugenio Tisselli's degenerative and regenerative, ¨paired works that become progressively less comprehensible the more users interact with them," we are able to grasp the ecological costs of the time we spend online. And we can begin to recognize, with Justin Berner, a concern with permanence and ephemerality in the digital sphere that is not unique to the work of Tisselli. It is, rather, a common thematic concern throughout the history of electronic literature. The term that Berner advances for this literary countertext to the instrumentalism of the Digital Humanitiers, is digital posthumanism.

Read the full essay here!