Discover new insights into the ways online images circulate and are talked about, by creating thought-provoking graphs and visual interpretations with geographer Josh Lepawsky.
Turn the web into an instrument for social analysis. Learn a selection of techniques that allow you to create highly unique graphs that reveal the “online career” of a photograph and other image files. How has a particular photo been used? How has it been discussed in different online contexts? How have people engaged certain specific images online?
Learn how to collect such data, and then process it to visualize the data’s complex aspects and patterns for further investigation. The aesthetic results of these visualizations are often very intriguing, making this a great way to communicate your interpretations to audiences not specialized in your research area!
Josh Lepawsky is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Memorial University of Newfoundland. Lepawsky researches the geographies of modern waste. Modern wastes are those that are synthetic, heterogeneous, and which entail high degrees of uncertainty around their mitigation or remediation. Two case studies inform his work: the international trade and traffic of discarded electronics (or ‘e-waste’) and, much more recently, ‘offworld rubbish’ which Lepawsky defines as the remains and discards of human extraterrestrial activity. More about his work can be found at his blog, Reassembling Rubbish.