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vanishingpoint.jpgan online map of the world representing the news from several international newspapers. the 'visibility' of each country depends on the quantity of media coverage the country receives, so those countries that do not make the news 'disappear' progressively. the newspapers originate from the seven most industrialized nations in the world (G7) & are retrieved via 11 RSS newspaper feeds exploring 6000 country-specific keywords. [low-fi.org.uk]


This is under the 'aesthetic' category? It was featured at the d>art exhibition, which was irritating, because I don't think its very representative of either (good) infovis or art. It's a real world map with bar graphs!

Mon 15 Aug 2005 at 3:25 PM

I'm not sure it's art but it works as a (good) visualisation for me. Countries that don't appear in the news don't exist on the map. Perhaps it could be prettier though.

Wed 17 Aug 2005 at 3:09 PM

i do not agree that always 'aesthetics = art', or 'aesthetics = beautiful'? can aesthetics not be something else?

Wed 17 Aug 2005 at 3:50 PM

Agreed; aesthetics is something that gives pleasure to the viewer.

(However, even though it's highly subjective, this project isn't a good example of pleasurable aesthetic experience...)

Fri 19 Aug 2005 at 11:10 PM

In this case the absence of pleasant visual abstraction or metaphor is positive. It's ugly data that G7 media ignore whole nations and this visualisation uses a literal world map to make that point very clearly.

Tue 23 Aug 2005 at 10:11 AM
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