Data Vistualizations

I thought this video was pretty interesting. It covered a range of different topic related to how data visualizations are used today, but the thing that stuck out to me the most was the idea that visual information is sometimes the best way to reach people. I know for me personally, I am a visual and auditory learner. I process thing first by hearing them, and then develop a deeper understanding for what I’m trying to process after seeing it visually. The video mentioned how visual information is sometimes the best way to change someone’s mindset and overall behavior. When I heard this, I thought to myself, “wow that is so true” because if you think about all of the major issues going on all across the world in today’s society, it is so easy for us to ignore major issues when they aren’t in our immediate attention. This is why the media is so important in shaping our minds and helping us to become aware of the things that may not be affecting us directly, but are pressing issues for many others in different parts of the world. For example, the water crsis going on in Flint, Michigan and the war going on in Syria are two huge issues that have not affected me or any of my family members directly, but the more I saw videos and saw pictures on how it’s affected so many other people, I couldn’t help but begin to feel more passionate about the issues. We need visual stimulation so that it can open our eyes to different things, and help us to understand the many things that are occuring in the world around us.

I also think that is interesting how our brain was designed to process these patterns in a way that makes sense to us in order to help us grow and survive. If we were unable to process the things that we see, we would constantly be in danger as visual information tells us a lot in regards to not only what’s going around in our immediate environments, but also about emotion, It allows us to respond to our environment in a way that contributes to our overall well-being.

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