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ERIC Number: EJ1162166
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1522-7502
Writing through Big Data: New Challenges and Possibilities for Data-Driven Arguments
Beveridge, Aaron
Composition Forum, v37 Fall 2017
As multimodal writing continues to shift and expand in the era of Big Data, writing studies must confront the new challenges and possibilities emerging from data mining, data visualization, and data-driven arguments. Often collected under the broad banner of "data literacy," students' experiences of data visualization and data-driven arguments are far more diverse than the phrase "data literacy" suggests. Whether it is the quantitative rhetoric of "likes" in entertainment media, the mapping of social sentiment on cable news, the use of statistical predictions in political elections, or the pervasiveness of the algorithmic phrase "this is trending," data driven arguments and their accompanying visualizations are now a prevalent form of multi modal writing. Students need to understand how to read data-driven arguments, and, of equal importance, produce such arguments themselves. In Writing through Big Data, a newly developed writing course, students confront Big Data's political and ethical concerns head-on (surveillance, privacy, and algorithmic filtering) by collecting social network data and producing their own data-driven arguments.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida
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