“Speak to the Eyes: The History and Practice of Information Visualization” written by Jefferson Bailey

Jefferson Bailey (2014) states, “Network diagrams and other visualizations of aggregate data can help identify outliers, inconsistencies, or inaccuracies within data that can be indicative of errors in cataloging, uncontrolled taxonomies, or other metadata issues requiring correction.”

These advanced methods of displaying visuals are not a brand new phenomenon that all of a sudden came out of the blue. Every type of organization, regardless of intent, would have been delusional for not applying pattern analyses to their practices attempting to enhance potential profits while minimizing loses. So with that being said, why hasn’t their been a diagram released for the American public informing them on the errors of the Nation’s Law Enforcement system incarcerating and holding more prisoners than any other country in the world.

It costs more to send a person to prison then to send a person to college.

Why hasn’t there been network diagrams informing the public of the downfall and negative effects of the War on Drugs? Seeing how the homicide rate has increasingly risen since Nixon set the prohibition on drugs, sparking drug wars across Latin Countries where the foreigners attempt to smuggle and make ungodly profits in the illegal and unstoppable drug market in America.

The capabilities of visualization devices today could even layout how unsuccessful the alcohol prohibition was during the 1920’s, showing how homicides rates drastically annually increased from the start of prohibition until the end in 1933.

Most American’s are more willing to watch a YouTube video or look at gifs rather than reading an informational article. Once some genius sets up this diagram, I believe many more Americans would finally become aware of the realities of the War on Drugs and come to the agreement that no one will ever “win”.

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2 thoughts on ““Speak to the Eyes: The History and Practice of Information Visualization” written by Jefferson Bailey”

  1. This is a surprising connection you draw between Bailey’s argument and contemporary political issues. In fact, I think there have at least been some rudimentary attempts to do precisely what you’re calling for – e.g., this infographic on incarcerations http://www.usprisonculture.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/incarceration-nation.jpg or this one on prohibition http://killerinfographics.submitinfographics.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/prohibition.jpg – but I take your point that, given today’s visually-engaged culture, more might be done to engage us with the kinds of visual tools Bailey describes.

    For next time, try to reach beyond Wikipedia as a source – it is an excellent place to start, but there are so many other places to look for interesting examples of these authors’ ideas. 🙂

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    1. Completely understandable, any Wiki site probably isn’t the most credible source for statistics but I’m glad you understood where I was trying to go with my response about how in our culture today there could be a more complexed and in depth visual info-graph comparing our prohibition today and the alcohol prohibition with incarceration stats along with the homicide statistics.

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