Judging by the brief summation of Hayles’ opening remarks, this concept of “battle” between digital and print humanities within academia seems particularly apt. Now, some of this is simple academic turf-wars – scholars have staked out careers in the print humanities and understandably don’t wont to be rendered obsolete and irrelevant, or turn over their field to those who have embraced a “new” way of doing things.

Now, if there is indeed a battle on, then I suppose there must be winners and losers, or at least a move toward a “Cold War,” where shots aren’t fired directly, but by proxy and the specter of mutually assured destruction prevents a battle to the death.

It appears that McGann and Hayles (based on posts here and the reading) want to play the role of peacemaker, or at least play both sides like many Cold War era countries did – “non-alignment” so to speak. I would suspect the later, because it appears that they share sympathies with both parties and want to do more than referee or mediate.

My question to the attendees – does McGann’s vision of a “New World Library” involve the preservation of physical texts, or just the digitalization of texts ala Google (which was mentioned also in a previous post)? Does the “New World Library” exist in physical space as well as cyberspace?