Johann Drucker explains in her article, From Digital Humanities to Speculative Computing, that “part of the excitement” about digital humanities was “learning new languages through which to rethink our habits of work.” She describes how there was an impulse to challenge the “cultural authority of computational methods” came from the emergence of a period where the power of digital technology was a source of infatuation. Digital humanists were interested in analogies between “the intellectual power of information structures and processes”, and how they connect with each other.
In the humanities, we are able to create and compose data into websites, social media, or use the data as a source for other pages, and can use our findings to design new architecture. “The systematical analysis of texts, creation of structured data, and design of information architecture are the basic elements of digital humanities.” This means that we can take a data set and add it to a data base, or create a webpage dedicated to our experiment. We can make graphs, charts, interactive timelines, ect. to present our data, based on analysis.
In an expansion of the article, Drucker talks about the digital humanities in regards to analysis and computing (Speculative Computing: Aesthetic Provocations in Humanities Computing). She explains that “‘Digital’ humanities are distinguished by the use of computational methods… but they do also make frequent use of visual means of information display (tables, graphs, and other forms of data presentation) that have become common in desktop and Web environments.” This means that, although digital humanities is known for computation, they can use other forms of media tor represent their content. But two challenges, Drucker explains, in using these other forms of media as representation is “to meet requirements that humanistic thought conform to the logical systemacity” required by the methods of computation. The second challenge is to overcome humanist’s rpassive or hostile resistance to “visual forms of knowledge production”.
The resistance arises due to most humanist’s “idea that visual representation has the capacity to serve as a primary tool of knowledge production is an almost foreign notion” to them. Because they also see digital objects as immaterial, it is difficult to convince them that digital media representations can be very useful to understand content.”Speculative” computing emphasizes visual means of interpretation for digital humanities. Throughout the article, Drucker emphasizes the need for precise attention to detail and utilization of organized data. By doing this, the digital artifacts will be accurate and support the data it is representing.