Review• The New Epistemology – Rise of Big Data: massive, available, social – Shifts our relationship to primary sources – From reading to quantitative methods and visualizations – Example of media determinism• Manovich – Consistent with database logic – Applies spirit of Big Data methods to art
Review• Rationalization Effects – What are we looking at? – What is theory? – What are models? – What is culture? – What are the humanities?
Overview• Combined Studio and Lecture• Lecture – Google’s NGram Viewer – Culturomics• Studio: – Collaborative Topic Index
Google NGrams• Google Books comprises 11% of the corpus of published books, about 2 trillion words• NGrams uses 5.2 million books (4% of the corpus)• 500 billion words• Published between 1500-1800• In English, French, Spanish, German, Chinese and Russian (Hebrew too)