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Humanities 2016, 5(1), 2; doi:10.3390/h5010002

Thick Description beyond the Digital Space

Power in History, Center for Political History, University of Antwerp, Prinsstraat 13, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium
Academic Editor: Albrecht Classen
Received: 25 August 2015 / Revised: 15 December 2015 / Accepted: 18 December 2015 / Published: 25 December 2015
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Abstract

The arrival and rapid spread of digital media can help the humanities better discern general patterns in human societies and cultures, and single out instances or moments which need an in-depth analysis. However, the process of digitization also poses certain threats to the humanities: it introduces new and possibly distorting filters between ourselves and our object of research, it can make us blind to the social, political and cultural situatedness of the sources, and it can cause us to forget that certain aspects of human life are simply too complex to be digitally understood. Briefly elaborating on the case of parliamentary irony in Belgian history, I try to demonstrate the need to combine “flat” digital searches with multilayered hermeneutic approaches based on traditional philological research. View Full-Text
Keywords: digitization; hermeneutics; parliamentary humor digitization; hermeneutics; parliamentary humor
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