[Humanist] 30.463 models and cartoons?

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 30, No. 463.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Fri, 4 Nov 2016 07:57:52 +0000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: models and cartoons

In Understanding Comics (1993), Scott McCloud makes a distinction 
between comics and cartoons, in the process of which he argues for 
cartooning "as a form of amplification through simplification" (p. 30). 
It occurs to me that the same could be said of modelling, i.e. that the 
necessary simplification at any one stage of modelling is not only 
reductive, by leaving out parts or aspects of the thing modelled, but 
also expansive, by including more variants. For any given model the 
latter is bad from the perspective of disciplines or specialisms that 
focus on unique particulars, good to those that reach for law-like 
regularities. But as a dynamic processes, cartoon-ing and model-ing 
leave those regularities counterfactual, hypothetical, entities of the 

Who has worked along such lines?

Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor, Department of Digital
Humanities, King's College London; Adjunct Professor, Western Sydney

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