Immigration, employment, education costs, campus sexual assaults, fracking, vaccines, women’s pay equity, police violence against unarmed black men, women’s right to reproductive health, genetically modified foods, affordable health care: all are complex and contentious contemporary issues with passionate supporters and critics. And all are supported or opposed by a variety of often confusing data and arguments.
This project asks you to address a significant contemporary issue using published data to support your particular view or argument. The goal of the project is to use data and design to convey a heightened recognition of the issue, to influence and empower users, and to promote engagement and activism.
On February 7, come to class prepared for discussion, with 1 or 2 proposals for specific projects – issues supported by data – and share any relevant projects with the group.
Lauris Olson, Penn Libraries Librarian & Coordinator of Social Sciences Collections, will be in class at 930 to introduce and assist with research and data sources.
Readings/video for February 7 (discussion leaders Amaris, Yuxin, Lauren, Amy):
Why Big Data is Not Truth, Quentin Hardy
Critical InfoVis, Exploring the Politics of Visualization, Marian Dork
In the Age of Data, Ben Rubin