Saturday, December 11, 2004

This Blog's Stats and; Information Flows Surrounding the Election

Two Things:
  • Interesting statistical information about who reads this blog and when is available by clicking the little planet image on the right hand side of the blog. Some highlights:

    • The highest hour and day for traffic was 2-3pm during Wednesdays, right during our class.

    • The distribution of hits per hour of the day follows what I call a "fat-man" or "urn" distribution seen on many other blog stats like SIMS PhD Student danah boyd's blog. (Here's danah's unique stats page.)

    • About 25% of visitors use the Macintosh operating system...

  • My paper is not nearly as cool as all of yours. I examined the information flows surrounding the recent election and found that very few people have what it takes to properly evaluate most of the information flows. Here's my abstract:

    "The general election of 2004 was likely the most highly scrutinized, at al levels, of any election in the history of the United States. The attention the election attracted by the public, academics and activists was particularly heightened due to a number of factors when compared to the usual election-season ramp-up of reporting by large media outlets. A substantial difference from previous elections was the maturation of the “web log” or “blog” – a style of online personal publishing that has attracted a lot of attention in recent years and which essentially allows any person with a personal computer and internet access to easily maintain a vibrant online “newspaper” – and the increase in online political participation. Another substantial difference with the attention paid to this election compared to elections past was the foresight and scrutiny of the academic community who, along with the general public, were largely caught off guard by the fiasco in Florida in 2000 involving the recounting of punchcard ballots. In this paper, I aim to describe and analyze the information dynamic between the public, advocacy and activist organizations, academics, journalists, election officials and voting technology vendors. I find that, amongst all the din, one thing is certain: few people have the ability to reasonably judge the quality of information stemming from these various constituencies."

    If you really want to go through the pain of reading my paper, find it here: "A System That Should Not Be So Broken: The Flow of Information During the 2004 Election"


Blogger danah boyd said...

Interestingly, Joe, my data is off by an hour in PST. It's set up to be in MST (god only knows why). It was even more off when i was living in EST. One of the questions that has always come to mind with those times is where the hell people live because it would be really nice if it gave time data based on their local zone instead of mine.

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