Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 172. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 2019-08-06 07:55:01+00:00 From: Dr. Hartmut Krech
Subject: Is Digital Humanism Data Humanism? Dear Willard, With apologies for including a link in this message, I'd like to direct listmembers' attention to a recent article in The New Yorker, introducing the work of information designer Giorgia Lupi: https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/can-data-be-human-the-work-of- giorgia-lupi Lupi describes her work as "data humanism," or "telling stories with data," as "a reaction against the computer-generated, harsh-toned bar graphs, pie charts, and rows of tiny humans that leapt from corporate reports into mainstream media [...]." Lupi's work clearly goes beyond the mere graphic presentation of data, when she asks new questions from an individual's perspective. In the words of the reviewer Alexandra Lange: "Lupi doesn’t really want to touch the question of when data should or shouldn’t be collected. Like most information designers, she works in the space between that collection and the public. Her interest is in levelling understanding, so that we citizens can have access to, and develop an imagination about, all the information that’s already being collected. [...] But my attention snags on the question of power: Who really controls the data and how they get displayed?" Is "data humanism" a new form of anthropomorphizing the world outside? Has Digital Humanism aimed beyond what is humanly conceivable or was it a reaction against the "artificial" intelligence of "machine" learning? How does the unknown that can be gleaned from collected data relate to what had been asked or expected? And who is that "human" in Digital Humanism as the subject and object of his/her actions? I feel that these or similar questions have fuelled various discussions on this list during the past months. Best regards, Hartmut Krech _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: email@example.com List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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