Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Join, Or Die (Networking Images, 2)

See also Networking Images, 1 and Networking Images 3 .
"Networking" here is meant in a broad sense, including communication technologies (practical tools) and design that connect people and ideas.

Like, here's some of the technology I'm using for research.

I keep collecting these interconnecting images as I go along. I'm crazy for the recurring patterns. Things look like other things, I'm always saying.

ABOVE: George Washington Treaty Wampum Belt
The original of this belt is the record of a Treaty with George Washington in 1789. The house in the center is the longhouse of the Six Nations (Iroquois Confederacy).

ABOVE: Handwritten sermon by Puritan minister Cotton Mather (1663-1728). From LOC exhibit "Religion and the Founding of the American Republic",

ABOVE: Portable Field Pulpit (Same LOC exhibit,
Preacher George Whitefield, of the colonial religious revival called the Great Awakening (ca. 1725–1740) used this for open-air preaching.

Benjamin Franklin's political cartoon, "Join, or Die," 1754.,_or_Die

ABOVE: Eames's diagram "Friends and Acquaintances" for the 1976 U.S. bicentennial exhibition The World of Franklin and Jefferson. Ben and Jeff in the middle, and the names around them are J. Adams, T. Paine, Lafayette, Washington, etc.

Chart of Methodist hierarchical organizational structure, Broadside, 1810-11. LOC exhibit,

ABOVE: 1864 Shape Notes, musical notation system invented in the United States, ca. early 1800s. Each symbol represents a different note (do, re, mi, fa, sol, la, ti). From The Young Campaigner.

Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze, 1894,

ABOVE: Recording cotton stock prices, off ticker tape: Dallas News, 1951,

Inter-departmental Envelope, Nodes and Links,

Library check-out cards,


Fake BlackBerry ad, re newly elected president Barack Obama's comment, "I'm still clinging to my Blackberry. They're going to have to pry it out of my hands."From the New York Daily News, Jan. 2009,

Sci-Fi raygun decal, 2010. I want. Tragically, it's sold out on Etsy. (Star Trek "Jesus Fish" take-off here.)

Visualizing Friendship, Map of Facebook,[!/note.php?note_id=469716398919&id=9445547199].

50 more data visualizations:

Another clever visual pun: "Slytherin Revised," from Marci and Deth. (Everyone knows Slytherin is Snape's school, in Harry Potter, right?)

Oh, I mentioned Snape. According to The Rule, that means I must post an image of him.
*runs to nets, rummages in drawers*
OK, this one made me laugh. "I haven't got all day, you know." Snort. From here.


Emma J said...

These images SPEAK - too bad you can't have a chapter that is just photographs!

Anonymous said...

Hey! I love you and thank you for these images. This time of year/this side of the equator, moving from fall to winter. like many others, I'm contemplating life cycles. Every image except the wampum belts makes me understand why the suicide rate is so high in this nationstate. Give me beads and shells, sinew, skin and song at any moment over all the rest of it and I'll choose to continue on this earthly plane--as long as we have access to good water and land and air and food and the right herbs and laughter. Thinkin' about self-referential stuff in culture/s too, a lot, like the fish.

Write On and don't forget to look outside up in the sky between Monday and Tuesday for the Solstice Lunar Eclipse!


momo said...

In grad school, when we were trying to form a graduate student employeed union, we made t-shirts with the "join, or die" snake image, and were told by one person that they were "threatening." I suppose it was the comma!

Hey, my captcha word is "weybetch"! I"m sure I can find some way to use that in a sentence:)

Emma J said...

And you added even more! I really think you ought to have a photo essay - these are amazing.

ArtSparker said...

Dude, Alan Rickman. Totally!

Lill said...

Yeah! News from the "Writing of the Communications Book"! I've been hoping for that.

Got your greeting card -- I must say that our man/woman marriage is more stable and satisfying than it's ever been. Probably from clinging together in horror at the idea one of us might suddenly prefer to marry someone of the same sex as soon as it's legal :D

Fresca said...

Thanks, all. I'm obviously not keeping up with responding to comments (or posting!), but I appreciate them all!
Happy Holidays!