We all want to be entertained. Entertainment is a universal interest in every culture and country. Entertainment appeal to us on a psychological and physical level, touching on all of the senses and appealing to the sights and sounds that move us as human beings.

Data visualization is a perfect platform to fuse the multitude of information of our day-to-day interactions with various sources of entertainment. Here are the top 9 data visualizations in the world of entertainment:

  1. Narratives 2.0: Visual Music


This software ‘visualizes’ music. Each music tracks is segmented into single channels and then they are shown in a fan-like structure as lines move from the center out with the rhythm. The line angle changes based on the channel frequency. When the frequency reaches the highest level, the channel will be highlighted in orange. The purpose of this format is to create an aesthetic visual response with the music as an art blending visual with audio for appreciation.

  1. LivePlasma Music/Movie

Movies and music often go undiscovered based on a number of variables. This data visualization opportunity allows the user to coordinate their preferences for movies, artists, bands, actors and directors and it will then display other musicians and movies that match the preferences. Once a choice is made the system will display the additional options in various sizes circles. The size and color of the circle is based on how close it correlates with your original input.

  1. TwittEarth aka: Twitter Earth: Live Twitter Social Media Around the Globe

This 3D data visualization displays live tweets from all over the world. It is a great method to use to see where tweets are coming from in a real time situation as well as for the discovery of new people or organizations to follow.  This social media visualization effort brings communication to lands where capital and technology make it unobtainable. It gives a social media ‘voice’ to third world countries so that they can be heard on an international level.

  1. Mapping the Blogosphere

A series of data visualizations that reflect the various nuances and links as a collection of maps of the blogosphere. There are variations in the displays that reflect a drilled down effect for a deeper look at the structures. Some offer color shading where blog data references each other, while alternatives might be characterized by socio-political discussions within topical groupings or other specific topics.

  1. The Ted Sphere

This is a 3D data visualization that shows the TED conference videos in a spherical format. You can view the sphere from outside or inside and the layout of the videos is based on semantic compatibility. The ‘info’ bar allows you to select an image and get a summary review of the TED Talks conference. If it is something that you are interested in you can click to view the video or just copy and paste the url that is supplied.

  1. We Feel Fine

A data visualization that takes the ‘temperature’ of the general feelings that are populating the blogosphere on any given day and then displays it in a visual format that is color coordinated. The results can be filtered based on location, age, weather, gender or a variety of other criteria. The six different emotions or feelings that are available on the display include: madness, murmurs, montage, mobs, metrics and mounds. Each one offers a different perspective of the feelings that are on the net.

  1. The Newspaper Map

newspaper map

A visualization involving the rules of daily newspaper production around the globe. The information is available in nine different languages. The icons are color coordinated by language and you can filter by location.

  1. Newsmap: Internet

This is a visual representation of the Google headlines that are current/real time in Google News. The displays indicate the patterns and relationships between the different types of news stories that extend across a variety of cultures as well as within singular news segments.

  1. Visualcomplexity

A unique data visualization format using previously created and categorized topics. The categories themselves include: art, knowledge networks, business networks, biology, social networks, transportation networks, music, food webs, political networks, and more. The viewer selects the category to filter and the system displays a variety of data visualizations that the reader gets to choose. 

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