One of the most exciting and entertaining element of online news, for me, is our ability to harness data and display it like never before.
The New York Times is another publication which produces some amazing multimedia work and today I came across this:
It invites readers to plot their reactions to two questions: How much of a turning point in the war on terror will Bin Laden’s death represent? and What is your emotional response? The former is gauged from significant to insignificant; the latter from positive to negative. It’s a really easy way to see people’s reactions – it’s well worth a look.
Information, particularly comment and opinion, can take on a whole new meaning when it can be turned into something visual and interactive – it’s so much easier to understand and even analyse and it’s a brilliant way of transforming the mundane into an issue worth further discussion.
Osama bin Laden’s death will be the talking point of many debates over the next few weeks and months. ‘A Safer World‘ a discussion held at The Front Line Club this evening on the ramifications for Pakistan, Afghanistan and the West, sold out in hours and just earlier this afternoon I was listening to a podcast from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation discussing about the effects Osama’s death could have on Obama’s presidential campaign for the elections next year.
The NYT shows that this type of information could be valuable in determining how the public feel about these issues, not just the ‘experts’.