Data Models and Print Records

This week’s reading is split up between data models and the future of the print record.  Studying data models is might be important for computer scientists, but for the rest of us, even if we’re invested in DH, it seems like casual knowledge is more than enough.  I might want to study a particular data model which could be relevant to my research, but theory-crafting seems unnecessary.

One of the fears discussion of the print record exposes is that digitization means the end of physical books, much the same as online news signaled the death knell of newspapers.  I can’t find strong evidence that this is the case.

One of the reasons that online news usurped traditional print is the lifespan of the news itself. By the time traditional news print reported a story, new stories were happening.  Online is the perfect medium for news—although, of course, the 24-hour news cycle leads to dubious choices when it comes to what might be considered “breaking news.”

Traditional book printing, however, may indeed see a resurgence due to digital tools.  Being able to print on demand means that publishers take less risk when producing a book.  If it’s popular, they can print as many as they need; if not, they haven’t sunk as much money into it.  The upside is that there might be fewer stacks of $1 books to sort through when you got into the local book shop.

In the digital age, self-publishing becomes viable.  It doesn’t have behind it the force of a media conglomerate, but the possibility exists for the high quality work to reach a broad audience independent of the publisher.  With printing relatively inexpensive, even the casually-involved self-publisher can work into the business.  This frees authors to write better art; instead of writing what a publisher tells them will sell, they write what makes them happy or fulfills their artistic vision.


This week’s cocktail had nothing to do with any of that.  It’s President’s Day, so we need to honor our most mythologized President.  I give you. . . .

Manhattan Cherry Tree

The Manhattan Cherry Tree

3 oz. Old Portero Single Malt Rye Whiskey

1 oz. Carpanno Antica vermouth

1.5 oz. Black Cherry Juice

1 oz. Luxardo

2 dash cherry bitters

Shake over ice, strain.  Garnish with Amarena cherry.


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Sheldon Menery is a self-taught food and wine aficionado who has circled the globe in search of the riches it has to offer. He's wined and dined at some of the best (and worst) places in the world.
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One Response to Data Models and Print Records

  1. I feel the same about data modeling and theory. My eyes kept crossing as I tried to read that. In regards to digitizing old books, I agree with the article on what we can lose. I love the history of old books, to possible learn where they’ve been or finding old artifacts inside them. Most of it may be meaningless and I can understand the need to free up library space, but the sentimental part of me wants them all to stay. As for the drink, it sounds interesting but I’m not a big fan of cherry flavors. Why couldn’t the president have chopped down an orange tree?

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