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Pierre Lévy argues that media communication, from telephone to electronic mail, from radio to television and cinema establish a continuity in space and time that is far removed from the “living thought” possible in what he calls the space of knowledge (Collective Intelligence 108). He is convinced that the mass media are of little use in helping people think as a group and collectively develop solutions to their problems (Ibid. 59). For him, while the cyberspace triggers a redefinition of perception and interactive relation to space, television and other media simply lead to forms of unreality detached from perception.

Lévy’s theory continues to trigger important debates in the digital humanities on questions
regarding the nature and significance of collective intelligence, cyberspace, virtuality and the semantic web.

As Alan Liu writes, digital humanists should for sure create digital archives and resources, but at the same time they should enter into broader dialogue with the adjacent fields of computer and media theory, new media studies and media archaeology. From that dialogue standard issues in the digital humanities could be enlarged with philosophical and sociocultural meaning producing positive ripple effects on research and project implementations (501). The 2019 issue of Humanist Studies &the Digital Age will address precisely these crucial questions intersecting media theory and social media.

Works cited

Lévy, Pierre. Cyberculture. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota, 2001. Print.
---. Collective Intelligence: Mankind's Emerging World in Cyberspace. New York: Plenum Trade, 1997. Print.
Liu, Alan. “Where Is Cultural Criticism in the Digital Humanities?” Debates in the Digital Humanities, ed. Matthew K. Gold. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012. 490-510. Print.