Bowdoin: Data Driven Societies: Power & Format

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Data Driven Societies
Digital & Computational Studies
Bowdoin College
April 28, 2014
Professor Gieseking

Lecture Slides "Power & Format"

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Bowdoin: Data Driven Societies: Power & Format

  1. 1. Data Driven Societies: Power & Format Professors Gieseking & Gaze
  2. 2. ✦ Algorithms are not only socially constructed, the social construction is always political ✦ Algorithms (ex. software- sorting, filter bubbles) shape our everyday lives Recap: On Algorithms
  3. 3. ✦ R/O Culture as consumption only vs. R/W Culture of mixing, matching, merging ✦ As businesses grow, they change culture, laws, norms, values, and—in so doing—us ✦ Remix produces community and education (per Lessig) Recap: On Remix
  4. 4. Power & format matter just as much as the algorithm.
  5. 5. Long Tail Anderson’s “The Long Tail”
  6. 6. Drawing is the ability to translate scenes into paper—making a direct translation. Visualization is the ability to put ideas onto paper—taking data and distilling it as a concept. - Hagy (p. 363)
  7. 7. Indexed • It’s an elephant ! • It’s art ! • It’s business
  8. 8. Indexed • It’s timeless ! • It’s right now
  9. 9. Indexed • It’s coded ! • It’s clear (and in context)
  10. 10. Indexed • It’s learnable
  11. 11. Indexed • It’s a buzzword ! • It’s an opportunity
  12. 12. Thinking about power and format, algorithms and remix, and, always, visualization with Matt Wilson.
  13. 13. Next Class: Apr. 30 ✦ Today: power & format ! ✦ Next: Last lecture on presentation skills with Hagy, time to work on final in class and lab ! ✦ Last blog assignment due 5/1 ! ✦ DCSI lectures: Matt Wilson on 4/28 (req’d)

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