Sunday, July 4, 2004
Dan and Pete put what I'm thinking better than I can, so I'll let them speak:
(This is also my Sunday column in the San Jose Mercury News.)
Independence Day, 2004, how fares American liberty?
Brilliantly, if you compare the United States with the tyrannies that
still control the lives of countless people.
Not badly, if liberty means the right to seek economic gain in a
capitalist system -- especially if you're starting with the right
connections and a privileged background.
Not as well, when you look at growing pressures on longstanding
freedoms. Governments have exploited fears of terrorism to curb many
precious liberties, and technology has continued to help snoops of all
kinds invade our privacy.
More... [Dan Gillmor's eJournal
|Post: Info Viz is Not the New OS. So What?
What is interactive information visualization? Let's first look at
information visualization, or info viz for short. Info viz is exactly
what the name implies - methods of visualizing data, typically large
amounts of it, in a coherent and organized manner. A simple bar chart,
pie chart or graph is an example of information visualization. More
complex visualizations can be found within just about any work Edward
Tufte works on. Interactive information visualization, is info viz that
can be manipulated. You might even say it's info viz with an ...
interactive component!... [OK/Cancel
Or, for example, the newsmap or Stamen's In The News,
both graphic depictions -- treemaps -- of the state of the world's news
based on what appears in Google's news aggregator. Interesting, fun to
look at, but what's it mean? Look at today's newsmap and it looks like
the most important thing happening today is Wimbledon. Look at Stamen's
site, you can find a little square centimeter representing Maria
Sharapova. It would be easy to read too much into either depiction of
the news. As the description of the newsmap says, "It is not thought to
display an unbiased view of the news, on the contrary it is thought to
ironically accentuate the bias of it. "
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