A Thousand Milieus

Posted by on Nov 17, 2011 in Information Aesthetics, Tools | No Comments

Inspired by the article “Your choices reveal who you are” of Valdis Krebs in the book Beautiful Visualization, I am collecting the Amazon recommendations for a certain book, until a network of books is created.
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The tool I created as well as the source code can be downloaded here.
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See it it in action:

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I did not expected to see milieus of interest appear. They reminded me of the rhizomatic structures the philosopher Deleuze was talking about. So for starters I took the book where his concept of the Rhizome first appeared: “A Thousand Plateaus.”
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Since I am living in Germany I wanted to compare the recommendations given by amazon.de and amazon.com. And another surprise waited. The milieus looked different. The germans are connecting postmodernism with Deleuze, the buyers from amazon.com are thinking more about the french situationist movement.
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Because its fun i tested it again with the awesome book Linked by Albert-Laszlo Barabasi. The similarities are the complex theory and network dynamics. But the differences are interesting as well. The english milieus contain politics and collective systems, wheras the germans are more into successful marketing and economics.
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I am looking forward on creating an interactive Processing-Tool, using the awesome Gephi-Toolkit library.

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