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  • #338295
    Tom Over
    Tom Over
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    The term ‘data porn’ calls to mind the tendency in some people, myself included, to get excited about information for its own sake, all the while being detached from the implications the information may have for the choices we make in our day to day lives. Perhaps ‘data porn’ involves intellectual vanity.

    ‘Data porn’ seems to have things in common with other terms recently coined from the root word ‘pornography,’ such as ‘eco porn’ and ‘disaster porn.’

    Though it’s meaning has been in flux recently, ‘eco-porn’, as I understand it, involves having an aesthetic and scientific appreciation for the natural environment without having a sense of responsibility for taking care of it.

    ‘Disaster porn’ involves a sensationalist interest in other people’s or perhaps even our own misfortune. Perhaps ‘soft disaster porn’ involves getting a sort of literary or cinematic catharsis from real world disasters without having any intention of helping out with the situation.

    That’s why I try to ask myself what I actually can do about a situation in question whenever I feel a news story tugging at my heart strings.

    I try to organize my ‘media consumption’ according to my sense of social responsibility.

    #338296

    JonMyers
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    and… there’s nothing vain about your ‘forum post porn’.

    #338297
    Tom Over
    Tom Over
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    JonMyers wrote >>
    and… there’s nothing vain about your ‘forum post porn’.

    Ah, that’s better. You’re showing progress.

    #338298
    rus
    rus
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    Interesting meat consumption trends on the freakonomics blog:

    http://freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/09/beef-or-chicken-a-look-at-u-s-meat-trends-in-the-last-century/#more-47293

    Not sure if I buy the moderate decline in beef consumption as “takes too long to prepare”, but that has more to do with method.

    #338299
    rus
    rus
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    Mapping America: Every City, Every Block
    Browse local data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, based on samples from 2005 to 2009.

    http://projects.nytimes.com/census/2010/explorer?view=raceethnicity&lat=40.7800&lng=-73.9&l=10

    #338300

    drew
    Participant

    Has this Columbus race/ethnicity map been on here anywhere?

    Race and ethnicity: Columbus

    #338301

    th0m
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    That is a really really great series. Today, NYT released this interactive view of the same data (and I suspect this may be influenced by that flickr pool)
    http://nyti.ms/eLi9xo

    i also uploaded to vimeo my original study of the bus data around town. cota as far as i know is in the process of upgrading their buses to have better tracking, and last i heard they hope to have something online Q1 2011.

    one of the stronger complaints i’ve heard is that buses just don’t show up at all at the scheduled times, and you have to wait several scheduled times to catch one, hopefully more transparency will help those of us lucky enough to have net access wait less in the cold.

    the osu / cabs system has had better tracking than cota all this year, and you can find that data on their site.
    http://tp.osu.edu/cabs/trip.shtml

    some more porn (’cause you know i follow this stuff a lot)
    sampling of facebook global connections
    http://on.mash.to/gyHetM
    http://gu.com/p/2yzte/tf

    uk connectivity through phone calls
    http://bit.ly/eZsQqx

    spread of wikileaks mirrors
    http://www.multigesture.net/2010/12/09/visualizing-wikileaks-mirrors/%5B/url%5D

    i also recommend finding “The Joy of Stats” a recent BBC program

    #338302
    Tom Over
    Tom Over
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    TomOver wrote >>

    JonMyers wrote >>
    and… there’s nothing vain about your ‘forum post porn’.

    Ah, that’s better. You’re showing progress.

    But seriously, my point : yes, we should read, write, and otherwise engage our intellects, but we got to connect that process with taking actions in our daily lives.

    For me at least, that has been the appeal of gardening and buying local food, cycling instead driving, shopping at the co op, using a credit union instead of a bank, and eating a plant-based diet.

    I’m comparing notes, not preaching or being self-righteous.

    #338303
    rus
    rus
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    th0m wrote >>

    i also recommend finding “The Joy of Stats” a recent BBC program

    Thanks for the tip… looks interesting!

    #338304
    Tom Over
    Tom Over
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    rus wrote >>

    th0m wrote >>
    i also recommend finding “The Joy of Stats” a recent BBC program

    Thanks for the tip… looks interesting!

    How much of this joy comes from the intrinsic pleasure of exercising one’s cognitive faculties, and how much of this joy comes from thinking that, as human beings, we’ve used statistics to make ourselves more useful to one another ?

    #338305

    th0m
    Participant

    also, here’s the year’s ten best:
    http://flowingdata.com/2010/12/14/10-best-data-visualization-projects-of-the-year-%E2%80%93-2010/%5B/url%5D

    TomOver wrote >>
    How much of this joy comes from the intrinsic pleasure of exercising one’s cognitive faculties, and how much of this joy comes from thinking that, as human beings, we’ve used statistics to make ourselves more useful to one another ?

    I think this is a good question. I would hope that it is both, but specifically for the purposes that we need to foster data literacy. I would hope for all of us to have the abilities of a radio astronomer that can just glance at a grid of numbers and know that they’re off.

    We also don’t have much choice. We’re simply creating more data than we reasonably know what to do with, so we need to find ways to either consume the information faster/better/smarter or figure out ways that the machines can do it better for us.

    #338306

    hungrywoolf
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    #338307

    Bear
    Participant

    th0m wrote >>
    also, here’s the year’s ten best:
    http://flowingdata.com/2010/12/14/10-best-data-visualization-projects-of-the-year-%E2%80%93-2010/%5B/url%5D

    Love #9 especially.

    hungrywoolf wrote >>
    Some more data mapping visualizations from the Telegraph.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet/8204092/Data-mapping-visualisations-the-best-on-the-web.html

    Seen that one a couple of times on fb. Gorgeous… really want the code.

    #338308
    Tom Over
    Tom Over
    Participant

    th0m wrote >>
    also, here’s the year’s ten best:
    http://flowingdata.com/2010/12/14/10-best-data-visualization-projects-of-the-year-%E2%80%93-2010/%5B/url%5D

    TomOver wrote >>
    How much of this joy comes from the intrinsic pleasure of exercising one’s cognitive faculties, and how much of this joy comes from thinking that, as human beings, we’ve used statistics to make ourselves more useful to one another ?

    I think this is a good question. I would hope that it is both, but specifically for the purposes that we need to foster data literacy. I would hope for all of us to have the abilities of a radio astronomer that can just glance at a grid of numbers and know that they’re off.
    We also don’t have much choice. We’re simply creating more data than we reasonably know what to do with, so we need to find ways to either consume the information faster/better/smarter or figure out ways that the machines can do it better for us.

    Come to think of it, it may be the case that our curiosity and the intrinsic pleasure we, as humans, get from exercising our minds motivates us more than our sense of how useful we are to one another.

    In many ways, perhaps we do what we do simply because we can.

    Human progress may or may exist. What’s clear is that our increase in knowledge has led to us amplifying the effect of our species on the world around us. But has our amplified impact been for better or worse ?

    Is it sensible to even ask that question ?

    As for comparisons between humans and non-human animals, is our superiority evident ? Or is it just the case that humankind has had a greater impact on the biosphere than many other species, (excluding, maybe, microbes’ big splash on the evolutionary scene) ?

    #338309
    rus
    rus
    Participant

    TomOver wrote >>

    Is it sensible to even ask that question ?

    When did that ever stop you?

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