Database-ness and visual narratives

The UK tradition of Software studies seems to be a far away theoretical world, where Deleuze merges with SQL and Basics programming. I have used it as a point of reference to understand how the activities of “bordering” (Lury, 2014) can be applied to the cases of missing, disappeared and murdered women of Ciudad Juarez. The hope is to map the bordering activities of those ‘underdog’ that seem to have no statistical relevance for the system, any system.

Bing, Google and Yahoo! have been investigated following the logic of keywords (there seems to be no other way of researching the wealth of information on these beautifully tailored search engines) using two geographical denominations: .com & .mx

The visual narrative has been built following something that is intriguing in visual computing or whatever it is called: object saliency. For now no algorithm has been used but our eyes have been used to detect: the salient object, the context of the image and, of course, the image “container”-> platforms.

Platform and researched keyword have been inputted and the results are now going to be analysed with the hope to automate the whole thing at some point. I m tired of saying very soon cause nobody ‘volunteers’ time and I had to learn R, MySQL, Gimp and what not only because nobody shares the sense of duty that academics should generally have!

The database now looks like this Fig.1 and the results, which are all plotted in R for the time being and look horrible because I m still learning multi-axis plotting and playing around with eucledian distance (so terribly western and masculine!)/k-means and what not are Fig.2.

The paper will follow. The results have also found out 10,000 links on the TOR browser that show the ‘fun’ of killing women in Juarez. All have been reported of course!




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