Date: February 12, 2011

Category: Art Object

Tags: #Jan25 hashmap interactive java applet poetic procedural processing

What the World Tweeted on #Egypt is a running applet of all the tweets on #Egypt that were posted to Twitter the day Hosni Mubarak resigned as president of Egypt. The hashmap presented here offers a sentiment analysis and is intended to be evocative. It was designed to have a more poetic (and less narrative) meaning to express from the database. It also demonstrates how a database narrative might express meaning through recombinant and indexical instantiations. I programmed it in Processing. Crunching the data was not as straightforward as you might think. I have only begun to consider the design challenges associated with producing data visualization. Ideally, my process is to problematize the project’s approach in order to get beyond the obvious and expected, i.e.: “Muslims” AND “Christians” combination. In other research, I conduct link analysis, term frequency analysis, and network mapping based on themes and links, and if possible, identify primary grouping