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Humanist Archives: Feb. 9, 2022, 6:11 a.m. Humanist 35.519 - homogenising effects or inventive diversity?

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 519.
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        Date: 2022-02-09 06:08:16+00:00
        From: Willard McCarty <>
        Subject: homogenising effects or inventive diversity?

Standards for digital encoding and communications push us in one
direction. I'm not minded to challenge such things, but one has to
wonder about the tradeoff. So I ask: what sort of evidence is there for
inventive diversity pushing against standardisation in digital
humanities, or the digital human sciences?

Precisely because of the machinery, esp. for communications, do we see
anywhere more robust or stubborn resistance to creative play than, for
example, in our uses of 'natural' language? A childhood friend who is a
(minor) poet has reminded me recently of how isolated one can be or
feel, as a poet, because there are so few to whom one can communicate
poetically. So in my, and our, realm of interest in digital
expressiveness, I worry about the problem.



Willard McCarty,
Professor emeritus, King's College London;
Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews;  Humanist

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