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At Wired magazine, Tim McKeough has pulled together a fascinating and beautiful slide show he titled "Frame that Spam! Data-Crunching Artists Transform the World of Information" where he displays the works of a new crop of data-crunching "artists" who are using data the same way "Picasso applied paint." The artists used blog posts, traffic patterns, government reports digital video, and email to transform "the world of information into mesmerizing abstractions." 

These pieces of art and graphic design are amazingly beautiful, but they aren't just "eye candy," as McKeough writes.  The artists used census data, NASA images, and even human emotion samples from the blogosphere to display the information in an interactive and insightful manner.  And it's only the beginning of what the Web 2.0 revolution will do with information as it evolves.

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The Wisdom of Crowds: Political Reporting Style

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Arianna Huffington is entering the world of citizen journalism with her announcement of a new project: The Wisdom of Crowds Hits the Campaign Trail. It's got the makings of a great effort: she's recruiting citizen journalists from around the country to cover the major presidential candidates and asking each of them to contribute to a candidate-specific group blog -- offering written updates, campaign tidbits, on-the-scene observations, photos, or original video. The goal is to provide more sources of information, and more outside-the-mainstream voices on the upcoming presidential campaign. She's got the readership to make it happen.

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