Friday, June 27, 2008

Wordle as research tool

Lee Sherlock has posted some ideas for analyzing Wordle text clouds.

Wordle text cloud for Bell's An Introduction to Cybercultures

Wordle opens up some "new," and potentially surprising, combinations and juxtapositions of terms that can lead to new avenues for analysis. Out of this cloud, I might pull out "cyborg spaces" or "computer symbolic construction" or "political-economic transparency" or "Visible surveillance architectures" as potential (re)combinations. Some will be more useful than others, but this experiment might point to some of the gaps in how we define and employ these terms.

Plus, it looks like a submarine.

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