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Pitchfork: Poptimist: Poptimist #38
Music's digital availability means we're currently in a happy position where our distance from the Milton Point is utterly apparent: the past is too big for anyone to get much of a handle on it. It's easy to think of history-- of pop or anything else-- as a kind of map, whose final bits of terra incognita are now being glumly filled in. But there's a better way of thinking about history-- as a network, scaling up in complexity as more and more nodes are added and more pieces of information link to one another.
music  criticism  writing  history  attention  mapping  technology 
april 2011 by allaboutgeorge
The 'gamification' of news, and how it can be relevant | Old Media, New Tricks
Imagine a reader using her smart phone to open your news app while she’s sitting at a coffee shop. Instead of just the latest, or even hand-picked top stories, appearing on the main page, what if it had a section that showed news that was relevant to the area around that coffee shop? What if the “game” were that users get points for reading the news about all sections of the city (as they travel and check your stories, a map fills in, showing they saw the latest news for that area)? The game mechanic added in could also just be to show which of their Facebook friends had read the same stories, at the same location. So when you log into the app at that coffee shop, it tells you that three of your friends read the news from your site from that same shop. Users could also leave comments on the story that are location-specific or just a tip about the coffee shop (which could be displayed next to your news organization’s review, which also could appear thanks to location tagging).
news  media  newspapers  information  data  journalism  social  location  games  attention  community  mapping  presence 
march 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Foursquare Learns Spanish, Japanese, Italian, German and French - NYTimes.com
“Why can’t you save art exhibits that you see on Tumblr to Foursquare,” he said. “The next time you’re in Boston, your phone can buzz and say, oh hey, here are five things you said you wanted to do.”

“Devices are getting smarter,” he said. “They’re changing the way we experience the world and our physical space.”
location  local  technology  twitter  geography  mapping  urban  attention  presence 
february 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Standby Crisis Mappers Task Force: Apply Now! | iRevolution
[...] This is where the Crowd Force Team comes in. This important team doesn’t need prior-training; only Internet access, browsing experience, an interest in online maps, news, etc. Perhaps most importantly, members of the Crowd Force Team are known for their energy, commitment, team-player attitude and can-do mentality. [...]
mapping  emergency  disaster  volunteering  internet  news 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Infographic of the Day: Why Do People Move To and From New York? | Co.Design
How it works: People’s moves are plotted according to zip codes. A brown marker with a red ring represents a zip code where more people moved out than in; brown with blue means more people moved out; and plain brown means that moves in and out were about equal. A bigger marker indicates more moves.

From there, you can click a marker to see precisely who moved where.
mapping  demography  nyc  location  newyork  information  data 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Mapping out alternative universes for Texas
What if we had made Cuba a state in 1902? A major Cold War near-catastrophe could have been averted, but would the United States have had to put down a socialist uprising in the late 1950s anyway?

What if water-rich northernmost California had split off to become Shasta in 1957 and got rich selling water to what was left of California? Humboldt County suddenly has a lot more money and power.

What if Brigham Young had gotten his wish for a state called Deseret, which would have encompassed modern-day Utah, nearly all of Nevada, most of Arizona, a hunk of New Mexico and the part of California that includes San Diego? Hard to see polygamy dying without a serious fight in a state that large.
geography  usa  politics  history  mapping  power  books  fiction  texas  california  cuba  time 
june 2010 by allaboutgeorge
L.A. buses, rail synced to Google Maps in new partnership [Updated] | L.A. Now | Los Angeles Times
“We have listened to our customers and have provided the Google transit planning resource they have requested,” MTA chief Art Leahy said in a statement. “As the third-largest transportation agency in the United States, it made perfect sense for us to join the Google phenomenon. We are extremely excited to now be a part of the most popular online mapping website in the world, and we have high hopes that a worldwide audience will now be able to more easily plan their Metro trips here in Los Angeles.”
transit  google  losangeles  california  technology  transportation  mobile  mapping 
july 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Experimental geography as art | csmonitor.com
"There's all this spreading and melting going on – people thinking about political space, physical space, and social space. Something as simple as being on the Web helps test the boundaries we used to take for granted, and … question these longstanding notions of how the world is divided up."
geography  mapping  identity  social  web  online  art  creativity 
may 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Q&A: Foursquare co-creator on privacy, Easter eggs | Webware - CNET
"What cities are seeing the most activity?" "Crowley: The top seven in order are San Francisco, New York City, Seattle, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Portland (Ore.), and Chicago. (I'm) frustrated that New York is always in 2nd place; Dodgeball was the same way."
social  mapping  geography  technology  mobile  cities  urban  privacy 
april 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Which is a Better Mobile Citizen Reporting Tool: Twitter or Ushahidi? | Gauravonomics Blog
In the end, the answer, as always, is the always unsatisfactory “it depends”.

In most cases, normal people will accidentally become citizen reporters and use tools like Twitter to share their 140 letters on a crisis. It will be up to us then to make sense of the high volume firehose of these unstructured tweets, using filters like near:location and filter:links, or mashups built on top of Twitter. Sometimes, a small percentage of us will feel motivated to find out structured citizen reporting platforms like Ushahidi or Twitter Voter Report and send in well-structured tweets with location information. Increasingly, many of us will use a Brightkite like system to pre-declare our locations, so that we don’t have to worry about the syntax of our SMSes.
twitter  social  news  journalism  media  location  india  usa  politics  socialnetworking  mapping  mobile 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Talking Points Memo | Upcountry
"[...] You can look at states like Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and other states and see the different numbers and they are all explained by one basic fact. [...]"
geography  pyschology  mapping  usa  science  research  politics  obama 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Cyberstar -- chicagotribune.com
"In Chicago, we've got 14 types of information. We're creating an ordered view of chaos. That's what journalists do, right?"
journalism  mapping  information  media  chicago  illinois  data  crime  newspapers  citites  urban 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Maps on crack « Id Eco Super Eco
"[...] I developed an early appreciation for getting a visual bead on where we started out, where we were heading, and where we’d find ourselves along the way from point A to point B."
mapping  geography  attention  travel  data  information 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Spanning Time: Enduring and beautiful bridges trace city's rich history
"Looking past the embrace of kudzu and crumbling concrete, however, the pride of a growing city on its way up can still be read in the enduring grace of the bridges of Winston-Salem."
northcarolina  transportation  photography  mapping  geography  newspapers  story 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Cellphones show we're creatures of habit - International Herald Tribune
"[P]eople hold on to their phones, and so the movement of individuals is more closely tracked than it can be with paper currency that is passed from person to person. As the researchers put it in the paper, 'Dollar bills diffuse, but humans do not.'"
news  mobile  research  money  communication  information  mapping  cellphones  geography  privacy 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
City residents map it out -- -- baltimoresun.com
"I hope it illuminates the depth and dimension of the neighborhoods and people that one can see in maps. The map is not the territory."
geography  mapping  art  baltimore  maryland  power  cities  urban 
may 2008 by allaboutgeorge

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