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In his article The Computational Turn Thinking About the Digital Humanities published by the journal Culture Machine vol122011 the philosopher and writer David Berry analyses the importance of statistics and visualisations focusing specifically in the use of digital affordances in the field of humanities research and culture practice - philosophers like Bruno Latour and Katherine Hayles describe this new approach into humanities as Digital Humanities Berry defends the idea that computational technologies have become the very condition of possibility required in order to think about many of the questions raised in the humanities today Berry 201112 In a digital born generation of social scientists and social conditions digital humanities tries to encompass the plasticity of digital forms and the way in which they point out toward a new way of working with representation and mediation what might be called the digital folding of reality whereby one is able to approach culture production in a radically new way Berry 20111 However the impact of new technological affordances for statistical and visual purposes are not exactly new Moreover for Manovich the current uses of infovis have they roots in the use of statistics and data mining for scientific purposes of visualisation specially in social sciences This development of the new techniques for visual reduction parallels the reductionist trajectory of modern science in the 19th century Manovich 2010123 Bruno Latour also traces back the origins of the use of visual tolls in social studies to the sociologist Gabriel Tarde in his essay Tardes idea of quantification in the book The Social After Gabriel Tarde Debates and assessments 2010 In Laws of Imitation Tarde imagines a merger between technologies of statistical instruments and the physiological aspects of perception Latour quotes Tarde in his essay Thanks to statistics public broadsheets will be to the social world what the sensory organs are to the organic world Tarde in Latour 2010145 Latour defends Tardes argument and describes visual quantification
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