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informationleak_parttwo by Richard J. Evans

Evans on his work:

My aim was to visually represent the way information is accessed in todays society -through the internet and television- an endless torrent of media is accessible as easy as turning on a tap.

These data visualization maps from the PBS series America Revealed are as dazzling as they are informative. Click on the images to see what they represent.

About the show:

Based upon the BBC’s award-winning Britain From Above. America Revealed is a unique look at what makes America tick, what it takes to keeps the biggest food machine in the world going, the delicate balance that keeps our supermarkets stocked with groceries and fast food restaurants supplied with fries. How we keep America moving with its vast and complex transport systems. How we propel ourselves through energy, what maintains the constant supply of fuel and electricity to our homes and businesses and finally how we keep up with the ever changing world, the import and export infrastructure that shapes our manufacturing industry.

From the Corn farmer in Central Valley, California to the live wire cable repairers in New Jersey. Viewers will discover a fascinating new perspective on the hidden patterns and rhythms of American life, by looking through the eyes of individuals who all play a part in keeping America fed, moving, powered and making goods.

America Revealed uses beautiful and breath-taking aerial photography to provide an otherwise unseen view of America and use original data visualizations to demonstrate how our systems work.

Biologic is a fun (and free!) app by Bloom that turns your social network into a simulated biological war for your attention. The people in your network are represented by cells and their posts as particles. Factors such as the frequency and popularity of the posts will determine the size of each of these elements helping guide your attention to the most important stuff going on in your networks. You can download it here.

Off Book | Generative Art - Computers, Data, and Humanity | PBS Arts (by PBS)

An intriguing combination of programmers, artists, and philosophers, these creators embrace a process that delegates essential decisions to computers, data sets, or even random variables. This allows important metaphors to arise in their work, calling attention to the relationship between humans and the computers that surround us, the mountains of information we generate, and the powerful impact that technology has on our relationships with each other. 

I love NPR’s On the Media. It examines the media in a serious and scholarly way while maintaining a sense of humor. Much of what keeps it so entertaining are the personalities behind the program, Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield. They personify a new crop of talent at NPR that has been able to turn a network once mocked for being staid and boring into one that is now known for programs that are engaging and fun, without losing any of the quality of information. 
Now Brooke Gladstone is taking this effort to make information engaging one step further and to a new type of media: the graphic novel. She examines the media this time with the help of illustrator/cartoonist Josh Neufeld. You can see highlights of it here or get a copy here.

I love NPR’s On the Media. It examines the media in a serious and scholarly way while maintaining a sense of humor. Much of what keeps it so entertaining are the personalities behind the program, Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield. They personify a new crop of talent at NPR that has been able to turn a network once mocked for being staid and boring into one that is now known for programs that are engaging and fun, without losing any of the quality of information. 

Now Brooke Gladstone is taking this effort to make information engaging one step further and to a new type of media: the graphic novel. She examines the media this time with the help of illustrator/cartoonist Josh Neufeld. You can see highlights of it here or get a copy here.