Fake News: Mapping the pages of nineteenth-century newspapers
- Date: Thursday, 3 May, 2018
5:30pm to 7pm
Free. No booking required.
Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets
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How did information circulate in nineteenth-century newspapers and how did readers distinguish between real and fake news? This joint talk explores new digital humanities approaches to data mining and data visualisation using historic digitised newspapers. It explores the circulation of information and various cultures of viral text reprinting. Co-sponsored by ARANZ, LIANZA, and Victoria University of Wellington.
About the speakers
M. H. Beals is a lecturer in Digital History at Loughborough University, UK specialising in the practice of scissors-and-paste journalism, an unofficial process of news dissemination in the eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries. Her website, scissorsandpaste.net provides visitors with a means of tracking textual reuse and reprinting across an expanding number of online databases.scissorsandpaste.net
Ryan Cordell is Assistant Professor of English at Northeastern University, Boston, USA and Founding Member in the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. Cordell primarily studies circulation and reprinting in nineteenth-century American newspapers, but his interests extend to the influence of computation and digitization on contemporary reading, writing, and research.