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Infographic: the electric car initiative

http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1087971_where-are-electric-car-charging-stations-infographic-shows-it-all

This infographic gives us lots of information regarding electric cars. The map clearly shows the growth over the years in a very clear and concise way that is easy to visualize and understand. When it comes to data that tries to describe the location of things on a map, it’s very hard to find alternatives to present that information other than using an actual map; however, what makes this inforgraphic stand out is the use of colors to distinguish and organize information. The colors used are visually appealing and provide very useful visual cues for when reading or just skimming through the infographic. This infographic uses flat styling to help make it as visually appealing as possible as well as to give it a modernistic touch. This infographic adds tremendous value to the article mainly because it displays information that can only be presented visually: one such example of this are the approximate locations of the charging stations on the map. Even without looking at the numbers presented, it is clear to anybody who even takes a quick glance at this inforgraphic that the number of electric car charging stations has increased over the years. The alternative to the infographic would include stating the numbers and perhaps using a basic map to visualize the locations of the charging stations. With this infographic, a legend of 1 car = 1000 vehicles makes interpreting the numbers even easier; readers can visualize how little 326 plug in hybrids in 2010 is when compared to 38,565 plug in hybrids in 2012. Without the visualization, it’s much harder to imagine the real comparison between these two figures. The greatest advantage of having this infographic is the use of easy-to-interpret visual cues that help people understand and retain the information better. Just numbers without pictures make understanding the general concept harder and the article would not be nearly as effective at its argument.

 

1984 Propaganda

1984 Propaganda

This image in an artists illustration of what propaganda from INGSOC would most likely have looked like in George Orwell’s 1984.

The book itself acts as a warning to government take over. It was written in the 1960’s as communism was on the rise. However the image above refers to the text itself not the message it conveys to the reader. This artist depicts a poster that Ministry of Truth would have very likely used to control the populace. Anyone who sees this poster will first be struck with large heading that pops out from the dark red backdrop. By using large block letters, the words gain an impression of power and forcefulness as if they should be obeyed. “CRIMESTOP!” establishes an idea that everyone should be obeying and that is stop performing crimes. The smaller black lettering below it immediate addresses the understood question ‘How?’ raised by the decree of “CRIMESTOP!”. By putting these too statements immediately following each other, It doesn’t give the reader of the poster time to question the above statement. Instead it tells the reader what the answer of ‘How?’ so that the reader doesn’t have to think of an answer on his/her own. The poster puts ideas into the readers head to make sure that the reader won’t come up with answer him/herself. This helps the poster’s meaning gain influence over the reader and essentially attempt to make the reader become dependent on the ministry to tell them what the answers are to any question. By analyzing these four words and the way they are presented, it is possible to establish what the ministry behind the poster is trying to establish.

In addition to the most important idea of the poster, there are pictures that support the words with good sensations. Without the pictures the words would sound extremely authoritative  and demanding but the pictures of people smiling and the man proudly holding the flag of INGSOC support the authoritative words above. They make the words more trust worthy because the people in the poster seem to be happy when trusting the words too.

Easy Flashbacks

I remember when my grand father told me stories of his youthful days. He tried to paint a picture in my mind of what his childhood was like but I definitely could not imagine it exactly how it was. Why? Because I had no clue how the little village he lived in looked like. Now when my father told his own stories he had a few black and white pictures I could refer to as ‘scribbles’ to give me an idea of what he was talking about. I got only part of the image in my head because his pictures where not consistent enough to form a ‘full image’. Now looking into 30 years I can see my children getting the ‘full image’ of how my childhood was like. Now I can provide them with not only a visual representation but also an emotional feedback on how my childhood was like.

As a very active user of Facebook and Instagram, I have over a hundred pictures of various events in my life, both the important ones and the unimportant ones. With all these pictures and information stored somewhere, it may seem kind of disturbing or insecure to have such detailed information in the hands of the unknown. But looking forward 20 to 30 years, the information can be easily accessed whenever needed . It is very important to have something to refer to when reminiscing about the past. Pictures are very important because they trigger the brain to dig into its subconscious and find things you normally wouldn’t have remembered. These stored information doesn’t only benefit us but also they people we share out experiences with. Archived pictures go a long way in describing an event emotionally and physically.

With sites like Facebook, twitter and instagram, retrieving relevant information about myself will be very easy. This easy access to information is a very huge advantage that technology offers to us. We can now comfortably look at our social network posts from years back and remember how we felt during certain important events in our lives. Maybe Remem might have been a bit too far, but simple images and texts are enough to bring back emotions and a visual representation of such events.

How your “Digital Life” will Affect your Future

I’ve provided a lot more information online than I think I have. Every picture, every post, every search, and every video you post is recorded to a database and can be accessed. Over time, you create a “digital life log” of yourself, which contains a history of your interactions online. This life log can be harmful if it falls into the wrong hands, however it can also have a positive effect on ones life. The ability to look back on your previous actions can provide an incentive to change and improve your life.

Facebook Timeline

(Facebook‘s Timeline)

An example of a common digital life log is Facebook’s new timeline feature, which allows users to look back to certain dates and see what they’ve posted.  This timeline creates a life log of pictures, status updates, and events that are specific to that user’s life. I have posts on my Facebook that date back to 2008.  I can look back on these posts and see how I was acting or what I was doing on certain days. Just by looking at my Facebook, I can see how much I’ve changed over the past couple of years. By looking back on how dumb I was in middle school, I can see how much I’ve matured since then.

I also enjoy being able to look back on all the great memories I have from high school on Facebook’s timeline. You can relive moments, and interact with friends and family who shared those moments with you. Researchers at UC San Diego and the University of Warwick found that Facebook updates are one and a half times more memorable than reading a book, and two and a half times more memorable than faces. This shows that Facebook users remember a lot of their posts and interactions on the timeline, which enhances their memory in the future. So instead of just looking back on updates and moments, Facebook is actually helping me to remember those great moments.

Digital life logs such as Facebook are becoming a reality in our everyday lives. These life logs help individuals gain a better understanding of their lives and even remember the moments they cherish. People should realize how valuable these technologies are in our lives, and use them to interact and grow.

 

Resources

https://www.facebook.com

http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/3757-facebook-effect-memory.html