Literature is not Data

Stephen Marche has written an article against digital humanities for the Los Angeles Review of Books. You can read an extract online.

Stephen Marche, ‘Literature is not Data: Against Digital Humanities’, Los Angeles Review of Books

BIG DATA IS COMING for your books. It’s already come for everything else. All human endeavor has by now generated its own monadic mass of data, and through these vast accumulations of ciphers the robots now endlessly scour for significance much the way cockroaches scour for nutrition in the enormous bat dung piles hiding in Bornean caves.