Monthly Archives: November 2015

Benefits of New Media

The videos, images and visualizations of new media provide not only context, but also, I believe, a fundamentally superior understanding of the material being discussed. As I so adamantly defended last week, visualizations capture the imagination of the human mind. In addition, especially

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New Media

While reading the article on the Guardian, I was mostly interested in the text, so I was quite annoyed when videos started playing automatically; I am not one of those people who can read words and listen to different words

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Raw draft africa maps project

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Week 11: Stories in New Media

I was impressed by this week’s readings which consisted not just of reading material  but also included the application of media components such as video, audio and other visually stimulating elements for journalistic purposes.  While still relatively new in relation

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New Media Effectiveness (“Aha!”)

Snow Fall, which was an interactive investigative long form journalism piece by the New York Times, tells the story of a disastrous avalanche that killed three skiers. In addition to excellent writing characteristic of journalism, mixing in graphics with maps,

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Week 11: Stories in New Media

The new media stories in this week’s reading succeeded in drawing me in enough that I repeatedly felt a bit distracted from the purpose of navigating them in the first place. Though I have no particular interest in freeskiing, the

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Stories in New Media

Should this week’s stories be classified as pieces of journalism? With the rise of longform publishing sites over approximately the past five years (Longform, LongReads, and the now defunct Byliner being just a few), more readers have been exposed to

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Contrasting Two Extremely Different Blogs

For my post on the blogs I’ve been following, I would like to focus on two blogs in particular that could not possibly be more different. The first, Pillole di Storia (“Pills of History”) is an Italian blog that offers very short

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Data viz

It seems to me that the main issue we’re grappling with in this week’s readings is that of clarity in visual communication. In this respect, Tufte and Drucker lie at opposite poles: Tufte’s work is focused on how to achieve

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The Design of Data Visualizations

Our primary reading for this week – Edward Tufte’s Envisioning Information (1990) –  primarily concerned itself with “how to reduce the magnificent four-dimensional reality of time and three-space into little marks on paper flatlands”(119)  in an accessible and comprehensible way.

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