Data + Design Project

How Do You Spot a Tumblr User?

Thursday 02.16.2012 , Posted by

Tumblr is one of the most popular micro-blogging platforms on the internet, with nearly 43 million blogs and counting, reblogging animated gifs and feminist¬†Ryan Gosling memes have never been so popular. Tumblr is an interesting ecosystem, with a large part of it looking as if it was designed for 15 year old kids who sneeze glitter while needing everything cool and hip under the sun… and while this sounds pretty great, it isn’t exactly what the community of Tumblr looks like down deep. [Read more…]

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Defend Our Freedom to Share (why SOPA is a bad idea)

Wednesday 01.18.2012 , Posted by

If you are a regular reader of Visual News, you may have noticed that today we participated in what is turning out to be the largest ever internet blackout in history… a protest symbolically showing what the internet could look like if the proposed PIPA or SOPA bills pass in the US Congress. The massive voluntary shutdown garnered attention just about everywhere and was participated in by behemoth sites the likes of Craigslist, Reddit and Wikipedia. So what does PIPA and SOPA mean for our shareable internet world, and why should you sign this online letter to congress? Below, Clay Shirky delivers a brilliant talk at the TED offices, challenging us to defend our freedom to create, discuss, link and share in the digital world. [Read more…]

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