DIGITAL MEDIA AND SOCIETY

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WELCOME to the discussion for WEEK 5. Please respond in complete sentences for each question, unless directed to do otherwise, demonstrating in your reply that you have read the material in order to receive full credit.

Topic 1Data Visualization
This week you watched  Big Data Visualization (YouTube Video) and  Information is Beautiful where you learned about how good designs are the best way to navigate information overabundance.

Discussion:
David McCandless turns complex data sets (like worldwide military spending, media buzz, Facebook status updates) into beautiful, simple diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections. Choose ONE of the graphics to discuss from Information is Beautiful.and then answer the questions below. Be sure to indicate in your response, which of the graphics you have chosen to analyze.
Questions: 

  1. Which of the graphics did you choose?
  2. What ideas or pieces of information does the author present? List as many as you can.
  3. Identify the main conclusion told in the graphic. This should not just be the title, but what conclusion you can make from the information provided.
  4. Describe how the author represents data in the graphic. Example, using color to represent two things.
  5. What other ways does the author tell the audience about the key message(s)?
  6. What do you like/dislike about the graphic?

Topic 2: Infographics
Discussion:
An infographic is a visual representation of information, data, or knowledge meant to present complex information quickly and clearly. Infographics exist on nearly any topic you can imagine, proliferating in the digital age with social media.
Response #1:
Locate an infographic which relates to ONE of the topics covered within this course: (no more than two postings related to the same topic will be permitted). Examples of topics covered in this class are: Fake News, Privacy & Security, Digital Divide, etc.

Responses will need to include, but are not limited to:

  • Title of Infographic (if not available then subject it relates to)
  • URL
  • Topic covered in class that the infographic relates to
  • Detail how the Infographic relates to the topic 
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