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VISUALISATIONS MAKE US NAKED?!

11 May

Yes you heard me! It’s like everyone has their personal x-ray making us transparent as ever. We are a visualisation, oh, a spectacle to see! :\

So my lovely publics and publishers ❤ ❤ <3, visualisations we learnt are secret forces that make the hidden appear, presto! And in this weeks lecture, we’ve now learnt more about the effects of being visible, ‘naked’. It’s the fact that we are in many ways controlled by the visual. In effect, we are exposed by it and transparent as ever! BUTTT is this bad?

Let’s look at the “Cinematic Apparatus’ example. It’s an idea of society as a Spectacle (you know, like a show?). We perform like its a movie, we have a projector in the back of our heads forming images which we indefinitely respond to, like a machine! This particularly happened in the broadcast society of billboards, television, movies as we become a passive force…Like we don’t have a brain or something?? Like we are stripped of our identity and formed one by technology! AHHHHHH. So yeah, visualisations shape our social body.

But yeah, as you can see, thats a pretty big generalised statement. In fact, with all this new hubbub of technologies like the mobile and tablets, our societies definitely changing. Don’t you guys reckon??

Like, we are totally involved and not passive at all! We’re in fact, open for experimentation by technology and through technology. This brings us to a more VJ like society. VJing (I had to google what it was because I still didn’t understand after the lecture!!) is like those club visualisations with music in the back forming those funky ass shapes projected on the walls or something. I kind of think of it like those plasma globes, we touch it shape it and it shapes and fuzzies up our hair. YEW!

AND THIS as the lecturer points out guyss :O –> is the new effects of remixing. lots of reconfiguring, modulating, transduction (I don’t really like these technical terms, so iffy to learn!) but here’s the trick: just remember it all means remixing at the end of the day. WOOWIE !

So what id like to add, is that as visualisations change…publics change and interact differently. A clear example of how traditional media visualisations infact like portray “opinions” that dictate our view and like ‘act as a spectacle’ is with the polar bear example that our lecturer put in the reading material. I found it hilarious to be honest, is that cynical?? :|……… Well why? Because of the images of the polar bear on those dear old small ice caps! It really showed the link between their extinction as a endangered species and the impact of global warming and climate change…But so many people are arguing CO2 levels aren’t causing climate change…particularly through this awesome infographic contrasting people opposing CO2 as a reason for climate change, and people supporting CO2 as a viable like reason for climate change. Like seriously! So many arguments and tension in that infographic, but I learnt so much! I suggest you guys all go to your readings and check it outtt yooo~~! I mean, like theres one part of the infographic that like showed a diagram of global warming measured as a hockey stick shape (apparently its famous by Al Gore guys, I didn’t know either don’t worry haha!) But what opposers argue is that this was only one representation of it. If you look at other measurements and even more developed indicators, they dont have that much of a shape and a more regular pattern. It’s funny isn’t it? How a simple visualisation can persuade a nation. But in that respect, those supporting reasons for global warming raised their own opinion and well honestly, I ended up siding with CO2 emissions being a reason for global warming. Those visualisations really helped!!

So sum this up, be careful!!! Be careful what visualisations are showing you…don’t take it for granted…because it’s exposing and even though theyre moving towards transparency…like VJing and real-time (realtime: just incase you miss my word blog adam)…maybe..its not so good for the social. The fact is…the social will change…

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Making the invisible visible

4 May

Well hello beautiful people! It’s a great day today and I’m super duper excited to be posting you today. ESPECIALLYY because this topic was soooo AWESOME! I mean, it wasn’t content heavy, and we got to see a lot of examples of visualisations. (yayyyY!)

Now, ‘visualisations’, seems pretty obvious what its about, you know those pictures and pretty images or moving images that show data. But REALITY was that they are more important and functional than that! yes they really are!!!!

Visualisations ARE the persuasive factor. They ARE the influencer and more surprisingly, they ARE the filterer of making the ‘unknown, known’.

And honestly, for me, I had no idea how invisible data was and how much of an effect like visualisations made. Like personally, when I think of ‘data’ I IMMEDIATELY imagine a table filled with data. But little did I realise, I’ve already created a visualisation. That data was invisible but I made it visible. Weird how we assume phenomena without consciously being aware of what our smart brains actually created aye? 😉

Also another interesting point from the lectures Id like to highlight! Well, its how visualisations are linked to archive fever. We really like to organise data and visualisations are another way of doing so. As the lecturer pointed out, like, in today’s modern age of web 3.0 and what not, we’re even using visualisations to plot our own lives rather than the more traditional climate forecasts or ‘historic events’ etc. What I’m trying to point out is that this ‘filtering’ system through visualisations are showing what is important to our lives, and what WE BELIEVE is important. For example, in the past, you could say visualisations were more like Florence Nightingale’s, relevant to significant global issues or phenomena. Now, we’ve got visualisations on dietary habits and food consumption. Like that one I saw on the internet, showing 200 kl of food intake compared across different foods. A 50g peanut butter slice had 200kl compared to broccoli which was like 300g! CRAAAZY! Well I guess kind of expected, but the visualisation reallllyyyy brings it out. It looks crazy, and see, thats the effect of powerful visualisations. BAM.

So guys I dont want to have to keep bringing in all these random points butttt I hope I don’t sound off tangent! It really all does relate! Well visualisations thus structure new relationships i.e. bringing different data together to form a visual that shows new data. Example? Well heights of dogs and what type of food they eat. Let’s say I found all that data, put it in a graph, and VOILAA THERE’S A RELATIONSHIP! The taller they are the more meat they eat. Now, let me just add, this is entireeellylyyy theoretical haha! Who knows if this is true!:)

But this new discovery of patterns is really what visualisations highlight, and that’s why they;re so important! If we could already see the pattern, what’s the point of a visualisation! Each visualisation strives to show something that would be different to what another visualisation would show, a different pattern or abstraction. Who knows:) And you know what this can only lead to changes. CHANGES in identity, CHANGES in management of health, CHANGES in perspective of healthy and unhealthy food, I love visualisations!!