Announcing: “Arclight Guidebook to Media History and the Digital Humanities”

Media History & Digital Humanities

Charles Acland and Eric Hoyt announce the launch of “The Arclight Guidebook to Media History and the Digital Humanities,” an open access e-book published by REFRAME Books with Project Arclight. This edited anthology can be freely downloaded as a PDF or EPUB at

From the tremendous video libraries of YouTube and the Internet Archive to the text collections of the HathiTrust and the Media History Digital Library, media historians today confront the challenge of engaging with an abundance of cultural works that have been transformed into data. What new skills, competencies, and tools do media historians and scholars need in an era of digital research?

The Arclight Guidebook to Media History and the Digital Humanities seeks to answer this question—and raise many more—by examining what media historians are doing right now with digital tools and methods. Across seventeen chapters, contributing authors discuss the ways in which they are using or building digital technologies, assessing strengths and weaknesses, and responding to successes and failures. Topics explored include search, maps, big data, text mining, video analytics, databases, networks, and new forms of publication. All authors attempt to be reflexive about how the media of the twenty-first century shape our engagement with the past.

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