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Pew Research just released their report “The Lost Decade of the Middle Class.” It will take some time to read through it all, but the first thing that stands out is who people blame for the economics woes for the past ten years. Very interesting.
Here’s the first couple paragraphs of the report:
As the 2012 presidential candidates prepare their closing arguments to America’s middle class, they are courting a group that has endured a lost decade for economic well-being. Since 2000, the middle class has shrunk in size, fallen backward in income and wealth, and shed some—but by no means all—of its characteristic faith in the future.
These stark assessments are based on findings from a new nationally representative Pew Research Center survey that includes 1,287 adults who describe themselves as middle class, supplemented by the Center’s analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau and Federal Reserve Board of Governors.
Click the source link to read the full, comprehensive report.
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How “The Dark Knight Rises” Should Have Ended
Malte Spitz: Your Phone Company is Watching
I think the data visualization is really cool. But more importantly, the message about privacy is important and pertinent. The importance of being able to take this huge amount of data and turn it into something easy to understand is apparent after you watch this video. Remember, this is only six months of data of one person. Very scary. But by have open data, we can do everything from making better products for businesses and consumers to protecting our rights and our privacy. Open data only grows more important.
Epidemiology: The Role of US Airports
The Evolution of the PC Game
Lately, the more I see of Microsoft, the more I like. I am very excited for Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and the Surface tablets. From what I’ve seen so far, they have put an incredible amount of creativity and energy in to making these products great. I really admire the hard work they put into research. This post, and others from their “Building Windows 8” blog (and other developer blogs), really boosts my respect for Microsoft and their researchers. As someone who is studying HCI, I really enjoy reading about the usability studies. It lets me know that there are reasons behind every single design, rather than just for aesthetics.
Really cool stuff for UX nerds.
Very cool visualization of our thinkers and how their ideas spread. I love seeing who was influential and whom they influenced.
Here is a zoomable version: