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Friending the PastThe Sense of History in the Digital Age$
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Alan Liu

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226451817

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226452005.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Friending the Past

Alan Liu

University of Chicago Press

Written fictionally in the voice of today's "sense of history," the introduction frames the central question of the book: in the age of digital media, digital networks, social networking, and data, can society have a sense of history comparable to that which characterized earlier eras of history and media? Speaking like a chorus in a Greek tragedy, the Sense of History speaks in character to reframe the problem as the transition from an older, interconnected circuit of meaning-making acts ("rhetoric representation interpretation") to a later one ("communication information media").

Keywords:   communication, data, digital, information, interpretation, media, networks, representation, rhetoric, sense of history

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