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“The first serious infowar is now engaged. The field of battle is WikiLeaks. You are the troops”. ~ WikiLeaks, Dec. 3, 2010. / “It’s not wrong to lie, cheat, steal, corrupt, and torture. It’s wrong to let people know about it”. ~ Robby Pickert (@zerocl). / “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” ~ Voltaire
One thing that WikiLeaks have shown, among many others, is that the (“corporate“) United States of America are no longer worried about open democracies along with their 1st amendment free speech. What WikiLeaks is doing, is just part of what any proper journalism should be doing, but scarcely does. So, here’s a simple piece of advise: if WikiLeaks goes down, we all (as open free democracies) go down. Do not doubt one second about it…, We are all Julian Assange, now…; So do please stop with that “You can’t handle the truth” anecdote idiosyncrasy shit. The sad irony of all these, is that Assange himself, is now the most persecuted hunted man on planet Earth, instead of Bin Laden…
note – As I have twitted this morning, 10 AM GMT time at https://twitter.com/#!/ViRAms/status/10638501351530496, WikiLeaks were still available at http://wikileaks.ch after a 48h trial succession of WWW host places, including Amazon.com, who left them on the string very badly. Let’s now see how much that endures…)
Video – “Journalism in the age of data” is a 50-minute documentary by Geoff McGhee on information visualization, data as medium, and its use in journalism. Produced during a 2009-2010 John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University.
“Pensar por imagens é talvez o único processo eficaz de que a inteligência dispõe para perscrutar os altos problemas da filosofia, da
ciência e da arte” ~ Manuel Teixeira-Gomes, Escritor nascido em Portimão. 7º Presidente da Rép. Portuguesa, in Carnaval Literário, 1938.
Journalists are coping with the rising information flood by borrowing data visualization techniques from computer scientists, researchers and artists. Some newsrooms are already beginning to retool their staffs and systems to prepare for a future in which data becomes a medium. But how do we communicate with data, how can traditional narratives be fused with sophisticated, interactive information displays? For more, watch the full version with annotations and links at datajournalism.stanford.edu.