Ep. 25 Danne Woo "Visualizing Reality"
Playing for Team Human today is data-visualization humanist Danne Woo. Woo is going to share with us how he uses data to provoke critical thinking, humor, and even human connection with his creative design. Woo is the creator of Data Visual a user-friendly web-based design interface that empowers individuals to create their own shareable data-driven graphics. We'll learn why the Trump presidency has inspired Woo to design "a chart a day" and to "make tweets trump again".
Dannewoo.com is where you can find a link to Woo’s work. Check out the politically inspired projects like “Make Tweets Trump Again” and Woo’s Chrome extension “Don’t Support Trump Supporters” driven by data from the #grabyourwallet campaign. Woo’s site also features creative works including Woo’s large format multiplayer game Splat! and his generative font project,Type Galapagos, plus the fantastically quirky music projects AC Symphony and Light Hum.
Design your own data visualizations using Woo’s web-based data design toolkit, Data Visual which can be found at www.datavisu.al There’s a free version there too, so anyone can get started creating unique data-driven graphics. Check out the Data Visual Twitter feed @datavisualinfo or Instagram @datavisualcharts for a stream of daily charts and data designs.
In today’s opening monologue, Rushkoff considers the challenge of reclaiming coherency and a path forward.
Writer, philosopher, and author of The Fall of Language, Alex Stern helps us distinguish who we are from what we tweet. Further, he explores how enlightenment values end up turning into their opposite — and why the word “fascism” can be a barrier to understanding culture.
Bruce Sterling - Patreon Special (~1990)
Here's a special preview of science fiction author Bruce Sterling's conversation with Douglas Rushkoff circa 1990. Sterling had just co-written The Difference Engine with William Gibson. This conversation was recorded in part to research for Rushkoff's Cyberia.Support now for as little as $2 per month to gain full access to this conversation andTeam Human'sspecial patrons-only Team Feed atPatreon.com/TeamHuman.
Arthur Jones & Giorgio Angelini "Feels Good Man"
Feels Good Man filmmakers Arthur Jones and Giorgio Angelini show us how a great meme can go bad — and how to take it back again.Rushkoff, Angelini, and Jones explore the evolution of Matt Furie’s Pepe the Frog from stoner frog to alt-right meme. When did internet culture became real-world culture? How did a community of trolls who wanted to manipulate reality end up effecting physical space? When was the moment that fan fiction became mainstream?In his monologue, Rushkoff addresses the cycle of bad faith arguments amplified by Twitter that end up destroying real conversation — and many talented people’s credibility. “Once you cross over into the land of make-believe facts — however earnest you believe your intention is — it undermines not only your argument, but the whole social fabric. It undermines our entire collective quest as human beings to figure out what the heck is really going on here.” Rushkoff says.