[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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