Miriam Posener What’s next : The radical, unrealized potential of Digital Humanities

So Miriam Posener is on a mission to take on the corporates and wants to re make computer interfaces to show us the bigger picture of gender and race.

“ It’s about rebuilding the machinery of the archive and database so it doesn’t represent the logic that got us here in the first place..”  Posener is asking that to achieve complexity in computer interfaces should we give up on the visualisation?  When it comes to representing race and gender in a databse the exercise of box ticking doesn’t allow for the true depiction as it doesn’t allow for their lived experiences.

Just as Google Maps flattens and distorts space to add the longtitude and latitude, by only providing a box for race also flattens the information and is not a true reading of that person or their ethnic background.  Posener wants a marker to their ‘lived experiences’.  The example she gives is we might see a black neighbourhood but to a person living in that neighbourhood they see a Haitian neighbourhood.

All these pieces of information constitute data and Digital Humanities needs to play a bigger role in providing true representations of this data and make it tell the story and show us the bigger picture.  It is up to Digital Humanities to strive and push the boundaries and accommodate the unquenchable thirst for knowledge.

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