Carlo Ginzburg and the Trails of Microhistory

[Reacting to chance] presupposes a kind of openness to unexpected encounters. If we want to be able to react to new evidence in an online catalogue or on Google or whatever else, then it is indispensable that we have already slowly accumulated knowledge. Teaching yourself through Google seems impossible, unless it is some very simple technique. But at a deeper level I think that it is difficult to learn from Google how to use Google. You need human mediations in order to be able to react to the unknown.
— Carlo Ginzburg