Scalable Reading

dedicated to DATA: digitally assisted text analysis

...the broad circumference
Hung on his shoulders like the Moon, whose Orb
Through Optic Glass the Tuscan Artist views
At Ev’ning from the top of Fesole,
Or in Valdarno, to descry new Lands,
Rivers or Mountains in her spotty Globe.
(Paradise Lost, 1. 286-91)

Monthly archive July, 2018

Hobbes and Maggie Haberman about Twitter

Some years ago I read Joel Spolsky’s very funny description of Twitter in which he said: Although I appreciate that many people find Twitter to be valuable, I find it a truly awful way to exchange thoughts and ideas. It creates a mentally stunted world in which the most complicated thought you can think is one sentence long....


Introduction and Summary This is a report about an experiment with ~ 4,000  texts from the Text Creation Partnership ( TCP). It is more in the spirit of concept cars than production models.  There may also be an aspect of changing fro 5.25 to 3.5 floppy disks.  The TCP texts are a critical component of...