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I have to say I had a great time at the Digital Media and Learning conference this year in Long Beach, CA. and in big part because I was able to meet some of the HASTAC Scholars in person. There was a great HASTAC panel discussion on Saturday afternoon which included a discussion on lurking. It was sort of uniformly agreed that lurking is not just a passive activity but an active engagement that can require a good amount of time. But also part of the discussion was the notion that we have an opportunity to make of this community what we want and that can shift and change over time depending on the ways in which we engage with it. So, having been lurking on the forums for some time, I thought my return trip it would be the perfect time to compose my first blog post and engage with the community in a new way!



Hi, Theresa,  Great to meet you at DML and fantastic to have you post.   Yes, lurking is its own contribution . . . and I think I've blogged about lurking a few times.   Here's one: and     Lurking is learning and learning is participation---and sometimes it is not articulated overtly and directly but indirectly.     Thanks again,  Cathy


I am very excited to announce a new issue of the online, open-access journal Culture Machine:


edited by Federica Frabetti

The field of the digital humanities embraces various scholarly activities in the humanities that involve writing about digital media and technology as well as being engaged in digital media production. Perhaps most notably, in what some are describing as a ‘computational turn’, it has seen techniques and methods drawn from computer science being used to produce new ways of understanding and approaching humanities texts. But just as interesting as what computer science has to offer the humanities is the question of what the humanities have to offer computer science. Do the humanities really need to draw so heavily on computer science to develop their sense of what the digital humanities might be? These are just some of the issues that are explored in this special issue of Culture Machine.


Federica Frabetti, ‘Rethinking the Digital Humanities in the Context of Originary Technicity’

Jake Buckley, ‘Believing in the Analogico-(Digital)’

Johanna Drucker, ‘Humanities Approaches to Interface Theory’

Davin Heckman, ‘Technics and Violence in Electronic Literature’

Mauro Carassai, ‘E-Lit Works as 'Forms of Culture': Envisioning Digital Literary Subjectivity’

Kathleen Fitzpatrick, ‘The Digital Future of Authorship: Rethinking Originality’

Ganaele Langlois, ‘Meaning, Semiotechnologies and Participatory Media’

Scott Dexter, Melissa Dolese, Angelika Seidel, Aaron Kozbelt, ‘On the Embodied Aesthetics of Code’

Benjamin Schultz-Figueroa, ‘Glitch/Glitsh: (More Power) Lucky Break and the Position of Modern Technology’

David M. Berry, ‘The Computational Turn: Thinking About the Digital Humanities’

Gary Hall, ‘The Digital Humanities Beyond Computing: A Postscript’



Established in 1999, the Culture Machine journal publishes new work from both established figures and up-and-coming writers. It is fully refereed, and has an International Advisory Board which includes Geoffrey Bennington, Robert Bernasconi, Sue Golding, Lawrence Grossberg, Peggy Kamuf, Alphonso Lingis, Meaghan Morris, Paul Patton, Mark Poster, Avital Ronell, Nicholas Royle and Kenneth Surin.

Culture Machine is part of Open Humanities Press:

For more information, visit the Culture Machine site:


Hi Frederica, thanks for this announcement, but why not post this as your own blog? Go to My HASTAC >> New Blog Post. Then copy and paste your announcement into your own blog post, as you did above! Try to give it good tags and feel free to include images.

Let me know if you need further help or instructions!


Fiona, thanks for this and really *really* sorry for my mistake!! I hope I've done it correctly now!!



I wish people didn't feel so bad about it :) We get a lot from it.


Who knew that so many lurkers would come out of the closet to say hello to me, after my thought that "lurking is an active form of participation, and it's also an aspirational form of participation" was posted to Twitter?? I think that one comment invited more lurkers to make contact with me than all of the dozens of other emails. Goes to show us all that lurking is an activity, it's not an identity -- it changes in different communities, different moments, and in different forms of communication within a community! 

It was awesome to meet you, Theresa, and hear more about our collective fears of blogging, tweeting, and being public in a very vulnerable way. It's an ongoing process, but I like that we're all thinking about ways to actively make contact and build community, rather than just assuming it'll happen. I'm looking forward to seeing more of your thoughts here and elsewhere! Don't be a stranger, even if you're sometimes a lurker :-)