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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.
Issue Date: 2017
Date Deposited: 24-Apr-2018
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. (
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