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February 14, 2013

Brian Lamb, Flickr, February 14, 2013

Here's why you follow feeds even though they're obscure and unremarked (sorry Brian): because when you keep an eye on interesting people, you eventually see interesting things. Like this visual presentation of a recent talk by Jim Groom. Note the core of the talk in the centre, titled "today: a domain of one's own." This, rather than a boatload of pundits and panels, is the best guide to seeing what the future will hold. The drawing, illustrated above, was made by Lisa Thiessen.

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State of the Union
Barack Obama, Whitehouse.gov, February 14, 2013

What I would want readers to observe is not the state of the union - though that may be of particular interest to Americans - but the way the presentation plus graphics in split-screen mode is being used. I found it adds a lot. Also, look at how the pundit have employed graphical aids to support their points. You would think this would be old hat by now. But it's still novel. But as time goes by (and as each individual article has its own page) the 'sheet of grey' and 'talking head' presentation modes so typical of news and academics (to name two) will be more and more difficult to find.

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