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Popcorn and Politics

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Popcorn and Politics

  1. 1. Popcorn and PoliticsNew York Times Data Visualizationby Aaron Druck and Ramsey Nasser
  2. 2. Concepts•  Reveal how your money flows from a movie ticket to a 2008 Political Candidate•  Connection between films and politicians•  Media bias•  Transparency Popcorn & Politics: Concept
  3. 3. Popcorn & Politics: Research
  4. 4. The Story Specifically a movie (producers) Popcorn & Politics: Concept
  5. 5. Audience•  Consumers•  Voters•  Politicians•  Moviegoers•  Producers Popcorn & Politics: Domains
  6. 6. Design Question•  Where does your money go when you buy a movie ticket?•  Is the film industry left-leaning in support?•  Is there a connection between the film industry and political machine?•  Is Campaign Finance Reform effective? Popcorn & Politics: Research
  7. 7. Precedents•  Napolean’s March•  CEO Politics•  Fundrace 2008•  TheyRule•  MovieCharts Popcorn & Politics: Research
  8. 8. March of Napolean’s troops toMoscow 1861 Popcorn & Politics: Research
  9. 9. CEO Politicsh"p://www.ceocampaigncontribu4ons.info/   Popcorn & Politics: Research
  10. 10. Fundrace 2008http://fundrace.huffingtonpost.com/ Popcorn & Politics: Research
  11. 11. TheyRuleh"p://www.theyrule.net/   Popcorn & Politics: Research
  12. 12. MovieChartshttp://www.xach.com/moviecharts/2008.html Popcorn & Politics: Research
  13. 13. Visualization Concepts•  Bars/lines•  Network•  Minimal/simple•  Clean•  Essentialist Popcorn & Politics: Research
  14. 14. Edward Tufte•  More data, less data ink•  No legend•  No grid•  Chart junk Popcorn & Politics: Research
  15. 15. Process•  Find relationship in data•  Build local database by pooling multiple data sources•  Visualize the data•  Tell compelling, relevant story Popcorn & Politics: Process
  16. 16. Process: The DataMovies > Producers > Donations > Candidates Popcorn & Politics: Process
  17. 17. Why Producers?•  "Producers seldom have a set salary, because they get a percentage of a shows earnings or ticket sales.” - Dept of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics Popcorn & Politics: Process
  18. 18. Database (XML)•  Movie (The Dark Knight) –  Producer (John Doe) •  Candidate (Barack Obama) •  Donation ($500) –  Producer (Jane Smith) •  Candidate (John McCain) •  Donation ($2300)•  http://api.popcornandpolitics.com/movies/ Hancock Popcorn & Politics: Process
  19. 19. Technology•  SQLite - Database•  Ruby – Scraping scripts/backend/API•  Flex/MXML- v1.0•  Flash/AS3 – v2.0 Popcorn & Politics: Process
  20. 20. Prototype I Popcorn & Politics: Process
  21. 21. Prototype 2 Popcorn & Politics: Process
  22. 22. Prototype 3 Popcorn & Politics: Process
  23. 23. Popcorn & Politics v1.0 Popcorn & Politics: Process
  24. 24. 2nd round of sketches Popcorn & Politics: Process
  25. 25. Final Revisions•  Sankey Graphs Popcorn & Politics: Process
  26. 26. Final Revisions•  Popcorn and Politics Sankey Popcorn & Politics: Process
  27. 27. Final Revisions•  Crisp•  Minimal•  One-view•  Tufte Popcorn & Politics: Process
  28. 28. Popcorn & Politics v2.0•  “Tortilla Heaven” > producer Gilbert Dumontet > $500 to Giuliani and $250 to Richardson•  “One Missed Call” > producer Broderick Johnson > $2300 to Obama•  “Rambo” > producer George Furla > $2300 to McCain Popcorn & Politics: Process
  29. 29. Popcorn & Politics v2.1 Popcorn & Politics: Process
  30. 30. Conclusion-  Obama received a lot of donations.-  “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry” donated to McCain.-  Supreme Court ruling rejecting limits on corporate spending on political campaigns
  31. 31. Next Steps•  P&P as a tool•  Possibly release Sankey library•  Optimize public API•  Create large PDF prints of graphs
  32. 32. Thank you!http://www.popcornandpolitics.comRamsey Nasserhttp://www.ramseynasser.comAaron Druckhttp://a.parsons.edu/~druca992/blog/

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