Current: A News Project
A data visualization of internet memes as they carry out lifecycle activities in reaction to the news med

PBS's Need to Know
Flowing Data

NPR's On the Media

Brain Pickings

This application is free. It requires an active internet connection and a strong graphics card to run. UnZip all files before launching.

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Explanatory Paper
Current's concept and technological setup
Zoe Fraade-Blanar is a Creative Technologist working out of NYC. She uses Data Visualization to help the news industry figure out what's what. If you have any suggestions or comments about Current, why don't you tell her!

Current shows a snapshot of what the entire internet-using population in America has been thinking for the last 24 hours, in the form of their collective search history.  This information is condensed for readability into memes, living ‘thought organisms’ that act as though they have agency, control, and a selfish motivation.

News relies on soft stories like horoscopes, celebrity gossip and restaurant reviews to subsidize the important but less sensational stories that keep democracy running. At base, any solution to News’ present problems must address the balance between the hard news we need and the soft news that drives advertising dollars. By visually anthropomorphizing the capricious nature of public attention Current can spotlight these missed opportunities in news coverage.

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