Visualizing Integration III

Hypermedia: American Random Walks

Rhizome Ethnographies is a hypermedia project.

In order to display some of the results of this research in a more interactive way, I have published a live story-map named American Random Walks that allows the reader to interact with the data: http://arcg.is/2ewJLcA.

American Random Walks is a responsive webapp which adapts to smartphones and tablets, but I would recommend the reader to explore it from a bigger device, such as a laptop or a computer with a large screen. [Click here to open the webapp]

In the next sections, I will also provide short videos, such as interviews, to face from another perspective the questions of this project. Film-making offers a dynamic experience for visual ethnography, and lets us address the same issues but based on testimonies rather than static representations.

Some of the video materials of Rhizome Ethnographies will end up being part of a final product with a documentary format.

Additionally, I will continue providing maps and other data visualization examples to understand better the current distribution of population in the US and its multicultural nature.

A heterogeneous map

Additionally to the interactive maps provided in the American Random Walks webapp, the images which are provided bellow can be useful representations to visualize the distribution of population, by counties, in the Contiguous United States (Alaska, Hawaii and other American territories are not represented).

Black population

Map 2 export (1)

Hispanic population

Map 2 export (2)

White population

Map 2 export (3)

American Indian and Alaska Native population

Map 2 export (4)

Asian population

Map 2 export (5)

Empty zones and minorities

Even though we can talk about a heterogeneous map, we find counties in which minorities are less represented than in others. Specifically, the next four maps show the “empty zones”, areas with less than 5% of the population represent a specific population group.

Map 2 export (6) Map 2 export (7) Map 2 export (8)   Map 2 export

But beyond visual information displayed on maps and photos, there is another way to visualize segregation and integration, there is another way to explore multiculturalism far beyond the limits of static representations. Film-making will be explored in the next sections as a tool to provide human testimonies to our visual ethnography.