Using Video and Data Visualization for Activism and Social Change

Using Video and Data Visualization for Activism and Social Change

The Internet has given activists the ability to rally people from all corners of the world for a specific cause. Digital platforms like social media, email, blogs and websites have provided a way to deliver information instantly, to unprecedentedly large audiences.

And these days, Internet activists have even more powerful tools for reaching out and informing the masses: data visualization and video. Both of which can easily backfire if used incorrectly.

Videos that come off too strong or biased, without the proper presentation of data to back it up, result in poor mobilization and negative reception.

Remember KONY 2012? The video went viral and got more than 96 million views, but it didn’t come close to its goal of bringing down Joseph Kony. Rather, it inversely worked to expose its creator, Jason Russell, after a nude public mishap. Instead of showing data to support the evident case for Kony’s... keep reading

Explained With Infographics: How Will “Obamacare” Affect You?

Despite the continuing federal government shutdown in Washington, the Affordable Care Act’s open healthcare exchanges, or “marketplaces,” recently entered their second week, while still trying to work out bugs in their online operation. Since the federal shutdown stems from a Congressional Republican effort to defund critical parts of the ACA in the new federal... keep reading

Accessibility in Visualization

At Visually, we try our best to make sure the work we produce is accessible to as many people as possible, no matter their capabilities, or disabilities. Unfortunately, there are limitations to what we can do. Data visualization is by definition, a practice that only works for sighted individuals. There are, however, varying degrees... keep reading