Week 5: Your Digital Diary and Infographics

TRACKING and SHARING

I think there are multiple parts to the idea of tracking and sharing online. First, there is the marketing aspect. I think it’s clever and borderline unethical for companies to be taking such personal information in order to market products towards people, but coming form a capitalist culture, I wouldn’t expect anything less. Second, I think it is impacting how people behave both positively and negatively. Pro: it allows fans of anything to connect with fans from other parts of the world, and even engage in a live discussion. Con: I think it’s slightly narcissistic, as people are starting to believe that everyone wants to hear what they have to say about what they’re doing (think Twitter updates). Finally, I believe this tracking technology is a big step towards having to change privacy laws. What is privacy? More importantly, what constitutes as an invasion of privacy? Before technology, that used to be peering into another person’s window to gain information about the other, but now, people can do that by drawing statistics about their life through their online uses.

To sum up my 24 Hour Digital Diary assignment, I’ve discovered that I spend a lot of my time on social media, but not contributing to social media, and on Ryerson’s D2L.

INFOGRAPHICS

1. When I looked up “water infographics” on Google, I found that all of them followed the same colour palette: blue and white. This makes sense since the topic of discussion is water, which is traditionally conveyed as blue. This infographic that I found from CNN is one of the better ones. It tells a story from the start of a bigger picture (the world’s water supply), which begins on the left as that is how people read, and ends on the right where it has narrowed down to a relatable standpoint (individual). The data is broad which makes it clear to the viewer and less overwhelming that specific statistics. The image itself is visually appealing as the graphics are all very similar and there are small arrows along the ‘time line’ that direct the viewer to different statistics in order. It’s very easy to follow and effectively ends on a personal note.

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2. This is an infographic I came across last year when I was doing an art manipulation project on black market limb/organ trade. This infographic works because it is simple, organized neatly, and has colors that work with each other. Everything is neatly spaced out and the data is literally pointed out to the viewer. The title is catchy as it is relatable – everyone has a body.

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Week 5: Your Digital Diary and Infographics

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