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|Appears in Collections:||Faculty of Social Sciences Conference Papers and Proceedings|
|Peer Review Status: ||Refereed|
|Author(s): ||Wilson, Anna|
|Title: ||Representing connections: how visualizations shape understandings of networks|
|Citation: ||Wilson A (2017) Representing connections: how visualizations shape understandings of networks. 4th International Visual Methods Conference, University of Brighton, 16.09.2015-18.09.2015. Visual Methodologies, 5 (1), pp. 67-79. http://journals.sfu.ca/vm/index.php/vm/article/view/86|
|Issue Date: ||2017|
|Conference Name: ||4th International Visual Methods Conference|
|Conference Dates: ||2015-09-16 - 2015-09-18|
|Conference Location: ||University of Brighton|
|Abstract: ||This article raises questions about a type of image that is becoming increasingly ubiquitous: network visualizations. Such visualizations – particularly of social networks – are used to demonstrate an interconnectedness that seems to have taken on an almost ideological tone. Images of networks that seem dense, well-connected and mixed are presented in a positive light, while images of networks that seem to show segregation, low levels of connectedness or isolation are presented as evidence that something needs to change. They are seductive in their visual appeal, their apparent readability, the fixity they confer on both the networks they represent and the sense that they are conveying facts. However, this paper uses a case study to argue that they are far from neutral, and that they need to be approached with a high level of criticality.|
|Status: ||VoR - Version of Record|
|Rights: ||This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)|
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