May 28th 2019
Actually there is often beauty in the data. And data, when insight-providing and accurate, are beautiful just because they are. But sometimes, the beauty deserves to be, um, beheld.
Take “conservative media”. Do you know who uses this phrase? You guessed it! Left-leaning media (the bluer the phrase, the more left-averaging the sources where it is used):
Meanwhile, there is “liberal media”. Who uses this phrase? Exclusively the right-leaning media (the redder the phrase, the more right-averaging the sources where it is used):
Symmetry and bipolarity are not the only kinds of beauty in data, but this sure is symmetrical and bipolar.
Perhaps more important is the ability CivicFeed provides a person looking to understand a media phrasing landscape in a single glance. Here are the most biased right-leaning uses of “media” this month:
And on the left, in a second glance:
Creating an informative snapshot that summarizes 100s of 000s of articles in a second, that can be understood in a second, that could not be generated by a whole US State Dept just twenty-five years ago, and for pennies: now that is truly beautiful.
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