White Babies Outnumbered

From Matt Bors, White Babies Outnumbered.

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A Perfect Marriage

Click the image or the following link for the full-sized original and more thought-provoking cartoons.

John Sherffius Political Cartoon, 02/23/2011.

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Salmon Inspiring Education

President Obama’s 1/25/2011 state of the union speech in three words, according to the recollections of NPR listeners:

These were the three most prominent words NPR listeners remembered, so the result is quite different than we’d get from an analysis of the text of the actual speech.

See the NPR article for variations according to the political orientation of listeners.

NPR: The State Of The Union, In Your Words

You can make your own word cloud from some text or a webpage using the same software as NPR: Wordle

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David Rees’ “Get Your War On”

See the full comic at New York Magazine, The Return of “Get Your War On”

via 3quarksdaily, The Triumphant Return of David Rees’ “Get Your War On”

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One Way Street

via Whirled of Kelly: One Way Street

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The Daily What

via Infographic of the Day: ~215,000 vs. ~87,000. In case you were….

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The Political Blogosphere and the 2004 U.S. Election: Divided They Blog

This data visualization showed the linking between conservative (red) and liberal (blue) blogs in 2004. Particularly interesting is the relatively fewer links between the two ideologies, and comparatively few blogs in the center.

This rather old study seems all the more relevant given the frequency we hear about “deep divides” between liberals and conservatives on every major issue. More troubling to me is the seeming replacement of fact-based reporting with “he said / she said” commentary alternates, where news has been replaced with merely letting opponents spew talking points without any critical review or fact checking.

Selective Exposure Debate

As we read news and opinion on the web, do we exclusively stick to sources that we agree with, or do we spend time “on the other side of the street?” Is it normal and natural for us to stick with people that think as we do, and if so how do we challenge our thinking and grow over time? Do a Google search on selective exposure debate and I think you’ll see that there is general agreement that selective exposure does happen, i.e. that people do choose viewpoints and world views that align with their own. There may be less agreement on whether people actively reject opposite viewpoints, or simply don’t give those viewpoints time during their on-line sessions. This dry, somewhat academic-sounding “debate” is vitally important to us today as we consider the deep divide between liberal and conservative viewpoints, or if we seek to understand underlying causes for religious and ethnic intolerance.

Article Credit, Visualization Information

“The Political Blogosphere and the 2004 U.S. Election: Divided They Blog”, March 4, 2005 by Lada Adamic, HP Labs, Palo Alto, CA and Natalie Glance, Natalie Glance, Intelliseek Applied Research Center, Pittsburgh, PA.

  • Figure 1: Community structure of political blogs (expanded set), shown using utilizing a GEM layout [11] in the GUESS[3] visualization and analysis tool. The colors reflect political orientation, red for conservative, and blue for liberal. Orange links go from liberal to conservative, and purple ones from conservative to liberal. The size of each blog reflects the number of other blogs that link to it. (Click the image for a larger version.)

Via Andrew Sullivan, A Tale of Two Blogspheres.

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