Data stories: from facts to fiction

Data stories: from facts to fiction

The image above is taken from „Marx Engels Werke“ (MEW): Marxism is the most prominent example of what postmodernism calls a ‚Grand Narrative‘. Marx and Engels took all kinds of data, drew their conclusions, and told the one story that made sense from what they found. Un poème n’est jamais qu’un alphabet en désordre. (Jean Cocteau) Our time is perhaps the time of an epidemic of things. (Tristan Garcia) I remember the elderly complaining about „information over saturation“ or even „overload“ when I was a child, in the early 1980. 30 years later, the change of guards comes to my generation. „But once a sponge is at capacity, new information can only replace old information.“ Things like that we read in random articles every day. But what is this information that people are so afraid no longer to get, when the deluge of data has taken over? What is data? Data is the raw-content of our experience – primary the sensory readings that get conveyed into our minds, secondary the things we measure when we try to make experiences. I don’t want to get too philosophical here, but there are quite a few thinkers who share my discomfort with connecting […]

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