Some links I’ve been meaning to post

Visualization

Another example of distant reading: every front page of the New York Times since 1852, all in under a minute.

Every NYT front page since 1852 from Josh Begley on Vimeo.

Advanced Search

You Google Wrong” is a little bit outdated now, but it still has some useful advice on advanced web search techniques.

Also, make sure that you are aware of the options available in a Google advanced search.

Social Media

One person’s history of Twitter, from beginning to end” by Mike Monteiro. I mentioned this article in class. I don’t necessarily endorse the argument but it’s an interesting first person take. Monteiro’s claim that the fundamental problem with Twitter was that the original designers and programmers were a group completely lacking in diversity is interesting: “Ten years ago, a group of white dudes baked the DNA of the platform [Twitter] without thought to harassment or abuse. They built the platform with the best of intentions. I still believe this. But they were ignorant to their own blind spots. As we all are. This is the value of diverse teams by the way. When you’re building a tool with a global reach (and who isn’t these days) your team needs to look like the world it’s trying to reach. And ten years later, the abuse has proven too much to fix.”

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