Reading Popular Culture Offline and Online: Outlining a Comparative Study of Reading Experiences Between Webcomics and Twenty-First Century Book Club Choices

Benatti, Francesca; Norrick-Rühl, Corinna and Antonini, Alessio (2021). Reading Popular Culture Offline and Online: Outlining a Comparative Study of Reading Experiences Between Webcomics and Twenty-First Century Book Club Choices. In: 2nd International Conference of the European Association for Digital Humanities, 21-25 Sep 2021, Russia.

Abstract

A recurring criticism of historical reading studies has zoomed in on the heavy reliance on individual case studies. This approach produces small size datasets hard to combine in larger sets that could support a broader Digital Humanities research programmes. However, large-scale data are limited by a lack of context, either too general or impossible to reconstruct due to ethical and legal limitations concerning contemporary data subjects (e.g. data rights and privacy of users). This contribution discusses the design of a comparative study on reading popular culture online with a focus on the challenges and potential approaches to combine the depth of case studies with the need of interoperable data.

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