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Matthew Kirschenbaum

Matthew Kirschenbaum is distinguished university professor of English and digital studies at the University of Maryland at College Park.

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Stories by this Author

  • The Review | Essay

    The Ghostwriter in the Machine

    A new history of writing and artificial intelligence.
  • The Review

    Don’t Blame Colleges for the Coming Fall Debacle

    This is just what higher education looks like in a failed state.
  • The Chronicle Review

    Digital Magic: Preservation for a New Era

    We need an infrastructure for retrieving material trapped on outdated computers.
  • The Review

    Where Computer Science and Cultural Studies Collide

    Academic study of new media is increasingly spawning more specialized inquiry: Game studies, software studies, critical-code studies, even platform studies are all buzzwords in the field. One high-profile meeting last year at the University of California at San Diego, hosted by Lev Manovich and…
  • The Review

    Hello Worlds

    Why humanities students should learn to program The first program most people learn to write in any computer language is called Hello World. Its sole function is to display those two words on the screen. But the act of writing and then running Hello World can raise some intriguing questions: Who,…
  • The Review

    How Reading Is Being Reimagined

    There is no doubt that it is time for a serious conversation about reading, not least because books themselves are changing. Google, in cooperation with several dozen research libraries worldwide, is digitizing books at the rate of 3,000 a day. The noncommercial Open Content Alliance is scanning at…
  • The Review

    Hamlet.doc? Literature in a Digital Age

    We may never know if Shakespeare had a sister, but we can be certain he didn’t have a hard drive. What if he had? Details of his writing process and his life currently a mystery might be pitilessly exposed. As scholars will tell you, there are no manuscripts of the plays surviving in the Bard’s own…