Making the Invisible, Visible.

There are so many information and data that we encounter in our every day life. The format that we encounter these information and data vary depends on how we publish them. Today, we make it visible through visualization. Rather than simply explaining to the audience by words, visualization allows for the audiences to capture the idea, fact, statics or any kinds of information in a more easier, convenient and effective way. Visualization helps us to discover the unknown via image and due to this we can create already existing patterns of data and form a new relationship.

The issue of climate change can be an example of clearly delivering information in such visualization of graphs, data, tables and images in order to deliver the complex, and scientific information in a understandable way to the audiences.

Since there are numerous data and information about the climate change, it is getting harder and harder to having own opinions. However, visualisation allows us to visit websites and blogs that have gathered, created and published visuals, graphs, photographs and videos that helps us forming our opinion.

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Following info graphic helps us to build our own opinion and broaden our insights on climate change issues. This information, a compilation of data in different formation such as maps, scientific diagrams, and graphs is created by David McCanless (2009). (http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/climate-change-deniers-vs-the-consensus/)

Visual media has the power to draw audience’s attention in one glance, evoke emotion and help form our own opinion. Also, technological advances has also fostered the visual media to reach the audiences constantly through new devices such as mobile smart phones, tablet pc and so on.

Reference:

McCandless, D, White, P 2009, ‘Climate Change Deniers vs. The Consensus, Information Is Beautiful, http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/climate-change-deniers-vs-the-consensus/, last accessed 18th of September 2014

Virilio, Paul (1997) ‘Eye lust’ in Open Sky London: Verson: 89-90

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“The commons” and Attention, Good or Bad?

This week’s blogging will focus on the “commons”, which is a production of collective archives, and the how attention affects how we organize and archives the commons.

First of all, the commons is resources that our society collects, based on same interest or perspective in a communal manner where everyone can access without limitation. (David Bollier) Some people might say that the idea of “the commons” is harmful in a way that “we’re in a danger of losing this global commons as it comes under assault from an army of trolls and flacks, many of them covertly organized or trained.” (Monbiot) However, Walljasper mentions “the health of the planet should take precedence over the profits of a few”.

Due to the development of technology, today, our society can publish, share and see any information or data that is online. The commons can be gathered by variety of publishing forms such as social media network, blogging, journals, online news via their desktop, laptop, or any other mobile device. But here’s the question. Who owns, get to see, share whether it is a personal or a corporate data? What is their intention of spreading this data? Is it purely for the benefit of the society? There are numerous questions to this matter. Despite this problematic questions, I agree with Walljasper is a way that the commons allow us to engage in its 3 elements (Good and Bauwnes):

First, it allowed individuals to work collaboratively. Second, the platform of Internet that allowed us to work without the limitation of time and space. Lastly, allowed organizations or foundations to reveal their know-how or information to the wide audience.

Attention comes at the end. When we archive (collect), it creates the economy (of commons), then it waits for audience’s attention or distraction. So eventually at the end, what we archive will be evaluated and divided into different categories such as power, money, knowledge, including attention.

I think we are in a process of adapting a new culture of fast-rotation of information and some of us are scared or worried about the side effects. We should enjoy the process of development of our society and observe how fast we publish, exchange and how this affects our society and broadly our world.

Walljasper, Jay (2010) ‘The Commons Moment is Now’, Commondreams.org,  <http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/01/24-0>

Monbiot, George (2010) ‘Reclaim the Cyber-Commons’, Monbiot.com, <http://www.monbiot.com/archives/2010/12/13/reclaim-the-cyber-commons>

Monbiot, George (2010) ‘Reclaim the Cyber-Commons’, Monbiot.com, <http://www.monbiot.com/archives/2010/12/13/reclaim-the-cyber-commons>

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