Title

ALT + HOME: Digital homecomings

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2016

Abstract

The home key we are familiar with from the very first computer keyboards had a very specific function. Using the home key was often the easiest way to reorient, to see the beginning of a linear document and move through it in a forward motion. Today, however, the home key is an anachronism, absent from most laptop keyboards altogether. A digital sense of “home” may still involve walls (firewalls) and keys (codes), spaces (webpages) and objects (for programming), but we are less likely to have just one home, and there are likely to be several versions of ourselves in any digital “home”at any given time. Increasingly, home has become less a physical site of inhabitation than a marker of movement, a trailof pixels, a trace of where we have been and a longing to find the beginning of things-an impossible but oddly powerful compulsion.

Publication Name

Resisting the Place of Belonging: Uncanny Homecomings in Religion, Narrative and the Arts

First Page

87

Last Page

102

DOI

10.4324/9781315605777-13

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