Phil 8.29.16

7:00 – 6:00 ASRC

  • Selective Use of News Cues: A Multiple-Motive Perspective on Information Selection in Social Media Environments – Quite close to the Explorer/Confirmer/Avoider study but using a custom(?) browsing interface that tracked the marking of news stories to read later. Subjects were primed for a task with motivations – accuracy, defense and impression. Added this to paragraph 2.9, where explorers are introduced.
  • Looked through Visual Complexity – Mapping Patterns of Information, and it doesn’t even mention navigation. Most information mapping efforts are actually graphing efforts. Added a paragraph in section 2.7
  • Added a TODO for groupthink/confirmation bias, etc.
  • Chat with Heath about AI.He’s looking to build a MUD agent and will probably wind up learning WEKA, etc. so a win, I think.
  • Working on getting the configurator to add string values.
  • Added to DocumentStatistics. Need to switch over to getSourceInfo() from getAddressStrings in the Configurator.
  • Meeting with Wayne about the proposal. One of the branches of conversation went into some research he did on library architecture. That’s been rattling around in my head.
    We tend to talk about interface design where the scale is implicitly for the individual. The environment where these systems function is often thought of as an ecosystem, with the Darwinian perspective that goes along with that. But I think that such a perspective leads to ‘Survival of the Frictionlesss’, where the easiest thing to use wins and damn the larger consequences.
    Reflecting on how the architecture and layout of libraries affected the information interactions of the patrons, I wonder whether we should be thinking about Information Space Architecture. Such a perspective means that the relationships between design at differing scales needs to be considered. In the real world, architecture can encompass everything from the chairs in a room to the landscaping around the building and how that building fits into the skyline.
    I think that regarding information spaces as a designed continuum from the very small to very large is what my dissertation is about at its core. I want a park designed for people, not a wilderness, red in tooth and claw.
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