Queer Representation in the Media

Autostraddle is the blog I mentioned in class which recaps all television shows that currently have queer female characters. You can find the recaps in their blog’s television section (with sub-sections for each show that has been recapped):

http://www.autostraddle.com/category/arts-and-entertainment/television/

GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) publishes an annual report on queer representation in television, comparing the current year to years before it as well. This is the latest report:

http://www.glaad.org/whereweareontv14

This article on Autostraddle talks about the concept of ‘queerbaiting’ – when tv shows or movies hint at queerness or queer relationships to get the attention/interest of LGBT viewers but then make it clear either continuously or later on that the characters are straight (to pander to less tolerant viewers).

http://www.autostraddle.com/how-do-we-solve-a-problem-like-queerbaiting-on-tvs-not-so-subtle-gay-subtext-182718/

Incorporating Physics into Data Visualizations

Link to article

Interesting article about data visualization, especially maps, that use fundamental physics/mechanics rules to solve problems with geometry, positioning, and make visualizations more interactive and engaging.

One example: using a library called Box2DWeb to incorporate collision detection and lifelike bubble movement into a world map of population size.

World Map - Population (with overlapping bubbles)
World Map – Population (with overlapping bubbles)
World Map - Population (using collision detection & animated movement)
World Map – Population (using collision detection & animated movement)

Project 2 updates

Circles contain album art; each represents a song. Size of the circle corresponds to number of times sampled. When user hovers over circle, circle will 'flip' or be covered by a transparent circle and will contain a number corresponding to the number of times sampled.
Circles contain album art; each represents a song. Size of the circle corresponds to number of times sampled. When user hovers over circle, circle will ‘flip’ or be covered by a transparent circle and will contain a number corresponding to the number of times sampled.
A web of title vocabulary
A web of title vocabulary; close up
vocab_web2
A web of title vocabulary; showing mouse hover action
vocab_web3
A web of title vocabulary; general visual

Also, an idea for how to visualize the types of sampling each song has had:

http://www.chartjs.org/docs/#doughnut-pie-chart

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Happy World Information Architecture Day!

“World Information Architecture Day is a one-day annual conference hosted by the Information Architecture Institute and held in dozens of cities across the world. We are a community of like-minded professionals and enthusiasts who share the common goal of teaching, learning, and shaping the future of Information Architecture. Our driving principles serve as the foundation both of the global event itself and of the local communities that grow from it.”

http://2015.worldiaday.org/what-is-world-ia-day/

Gender-fluid styles at Fashion Week

It has already become common for women’s clothing lines to include ‘menswear’ or androgynous styles, but this Fashion Week, there were more styles with ‘feminine’ looks in the collections for men. Interesting to examine what makes us read certain apparel as “feminine” or “masculine” – especially because now most men and women have similar clothing needs (similar career opportunities, levels of physical activity, daily lives). Also interesting to consider why it is more socially (and fashionably) acceptable for women to wear masculine clothing than for men to wear feminine clothing.

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Link here

New York Times Graphic: Mapping 73 Years of Lynchings in the U.S.

“The most recent data on lynching, compiled by the Equal Justice Initiative, shows premeditated murders carried out by at least three people from 1877 to 1950 in 12 Southern states. The killers claimed to be enforcing some form of social justice. The alleged offenses that prompted the lynchings included political activism and testifying in court.”

A very scary look at our not-so-recent past. Definitely on point for Black History Month. The graphic is a part of a larger article about the history of lynching in the U.S.

I thought the combination of the map with the smaller accompanying diagram and list was very effective.

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Link to Graphic

Link to Accompanying Article

World Map of Abortion Stories

Women on the Web – World Map of Abortion Stories

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Women on Web is a digital community of women who have had abortions and individuals and organizations that support abortion rights.”

Interesting map visualization by Women on Web, an organization that advocates for women’s health around the world. The map shows where women live who have shared their story of ending a pregnancy. The circles representing the number of women are not completely accurate/proportional, and I thought the map needed a key or explanation. But overall, an interesting way to share stories.