On Tuesday, April 14 in class we had hoped to really delve into “feeling data” and what that means. Unfortunately, for much of the class, everyone remained silent; I too sat around, silent and with my mind wandering. Quickly, I began to imagine data and “feel” the atmosphere of the classroom. It felt like a harsh silence, a very distinct silence. This reminded me of the very nature of data, as I first would have defined it upon the start of this course.
As class proceeded and classmates and myself began to open up, I saw it as symbolism to represent the process we have journeyed across as a class.
Still, this is all data. Class -> over time -> changes variable x…
Given these thoughts, once the coffee book made its way to me I looked at the data visualizations not only as “data” but as a combination of art and data organized in a beautiful and magnetic approach.
In reading the articles we assigned we began to have a greater understanding of “feeling data” and I was really captivated. The qualitative realm of data is fascinating.
As in most of my blog posts I would enjoy to pose a few questions:
- Why did you feel responding was so difficult on Tuesday?
- For me, I was still to much feeling the analytical approach and feared wasn’t accustomed to the idea of “feeling” data.
- Would you believe it possible to feel quantitative data?
- Where did you our teacher buy the coffee book…
- Do you believe we feel all data?
- I say yes. I am a firm believer that everything around us impacts us although I would not go on to say that our feelings allow us to interpret data with accuracy but rather emotion.
I wanted to include an audio clip for this post. It is by Billy Carrothers and is entitles “Data Has Feelings.” I found it very enjoyable to play this music in the background while taking a look at the flash animation from our class discussion. You should give it a try. How can audio by implemented into data visualizations? Can it? Can we have data tracks?
Play a sample or buy the song at this Amazon link: