Oxford Dictionaries defines its official Word of the Year, post-truth, as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” This month, we will briefly highlight each day a major moment from 2016 that most exemplifies the concept of post-truth. Many of these moments will, inevitably, pertain to our president-elect. advertisement As 48.2% of the electorate spent the month of November mourning the prospects for the environment, their right to free speech, and their ability to express their beliefs without fear of violence from official state actors following the election of Donald Trump, the “water protectors” at Standing Rock who gathered to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline were already engaged in a struggle based around all of those things in the administration of his predecessor. The protests at Standing Rock, which began in April, took on an … [Read more...] about The Year In Post-Truth, Day Four: Conflicting Stories at Standing Rock
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California loves Kamala. Texas is Beto country. Maine is lousy with Bernie bros. Those are some of the insights one might glean from a cool new interactive map from Google Trends, which visualizes search interest in the 20-plus Democrats who are vying for their chance to take on Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election. The map, courtesy of Google data journalist Simon Rogers, offers a color-coded look at each county in the contiguous United States, showing which candidate generated the most search interest from January through May 2019. The finished product reveals some patterns we might expect. For instance, Mayor Pete Buttigieg is the most searched candidate throughout much of Indiana, his home state. Perhaps equally unsurprising is that Mayor Bill de Blasio is not the most searched candidate in four out of the five boroughs in his hometown of New York City. That honor goes to Joe Biden in Manhattan and Staten Island, Kamala Harris in the Bronx, and Bernie Sanders in … [Read more...] about Congrats to Bill de Blasio, the most searched 2020 Democrat in Luce County, Michigan
This place is so lovely. advertisement advertisement Cross the Hale County line driving north on the rolling two-lane Alabama State Route 61 and you can’t deny it: the kudzu, the catfish ponds, a picturesque old store called Newbern Mercantile Co. It’s as visually seductive as any rural patch of the so-called Black Belt (a name derived from properties of soil) that stretches across several southern states. And yet this place is so tough. The 15,388 people who inhabit Hale County’s 644 square miles face all the same challenges as residents of similar counties across the rural South, as America becomes ever more urbanized. Jobs are scarce; per-capita income is low; the poverty rate is high; affordable housing is a problem. Most of these places have been largely forgotten. Hale County has not. This is, you could say, by design. Over a period of two decades, 600 or so students have participated in Auburn University’s Rural Studio program, which is … [Read more...] about The Heart of Hale County
Manhattan is the densest area in the U.S., and one of the densest in the world. That’s because while there are 2 million people who reside on the island, that number doubles to 4 million during the workday, when people from the surrounding counties and states pour into the city. advertisement A new interactive by the data viz designer and researcher Justin Fung shows this remarkable mini-migration over the course of a single day. Using a mix of data from the 2010 Census, the MTA’s turnstile database, and a previous NYU study, Fung was able to create block-by-block estimates for the population of Manhattan at any given time. Fung first became interested in compiling this kind of data set after Hurricane Sandy, when he began to wonder if there are good estimates for how many people are actually in Manhattan at particular times, which would help with emergency planning. He was in graduate school at Columbia University at the time for operations research, and created … [Read more...] about This Gorgeous Viz Reveals The Invisible Heartbeat Of N.Y.C.
Every Costco-level oenophile knows that wine is not just fermented grape juice. It’s a way to taste the terroir of the vineyard–the soil, rain, sun, breeze, and more. Most wine labels overlook this, focusing on a simple text logo accompanied by a short description about blackberry notes and counties in California. But a new vineyard called Brute, spotted by Prosthetic Knowledge, makes its weather the forefront of the brand. At the vineyard, in Hamburg, Germany, sensors collect data on wind, rain, and temperature. That’s turned into a real-time data visualization developed by branding firm Landor and creative director Patrik Huebner. It lives online, as a fairly standard, pointillist information cloud. Each bottle also has a paper wrapping that depicts the visualization–the season of weather that led to the wine’s harvest. The bottle literally advertises the conditions in which the vines and grapes were grown. You probably can’t … [Read more...] about This clever bottle visualizes the terroir of the wine within