People walk around concerned with different things, networks serve to connect priorities to services. And it is big business for those companies who can make people think things are priorities when it isn’t really, completely independent of their own imagining.
But how is it going to help us in the future? Data is the closest thing and the only real tool we have to predict our lives in the future or guess it with any real certainty. ‘“People have such very poor sense of time,” Barooah says, and without good time calibration, it is much harder to see the consequences of your actions. “If you want to replace the vagaries of intuition with something more reliable, you first need to gather data.” (Wolf, 2010)
Technologies will help with mundane things like remembering, time/schedule keeping, washing, doing the dishes and the list goes on. But what I find interesting is what we will be doing while our basic needs are all but supported by new technologies. I think we as individuals will work tirelessly strengthening already ingrained global connections, friendships, work deals, family ties and the like.
Our assemblages and networks are about to get dense. Thick with data and this will equal power. Power to communities united by priorities.
Journalism supported by documentation and dense data is now becoming the norm in the media industry, “Data journalism is not graphics and visualisations. It’s about telling the story in the best way possible. Sometimes that will be a visualisation or a map.” (Rogers, 2011) It’s about information with solid foundations, finding the meaning in mountains of information and making it understandable and digestible in the time it takes to read your daily horoscopes.
The ways data journalism are impacting politics by enhancing transparency is the key to a government free from corruption and misuse of resources. “The London Datastore and Data.gov.uk are campaigning for and highlighting open data releases from the Government, and the Government itself is planning a raft of data releases. With more data becoming available about how our Government operates, it’ll inevitably be pressured to change.” (Quilty-Harper, 2010)
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Quilty-Harper, C. (2010) ’10 ways data is changing how we live’, The Telegraph. Available: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/7963311/10-waysdata-is-changing-how-we-live.html (Date accessed: 15/04/13)
Wolf, G. (2010) ‘The Data-Driven Life’, The New York Times. Available: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/02/magazine/02self-measurement-t.html (Date accessed: 15/04/13)