Culture Archive:

Popularity of genres today, based on how many Google Play Music users have those artists or albums in their libraries. It takes a second to wrap your head around the temporal aspects of it – it’s basically looking at music that is in most people’s playlists now and telling you when it was made. It’s hard to tell if this is thus revealed preference of how good each genre was at each time, how popular, how enduring, or how old people are (whose music collections go back further?). Ok, I’m not sure exactly what this means. Haha!

Each stripe on the graph represents a genre; the thickness of the stripe tells you roughly the popularity of music released in a given year in that genre. (For example, the "jazz" stripe is thick in the 1950s since many users’ libraries contain jazz albums released in the ’50s.) Click on the stripes to zoom into more specialized genres.

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Some entertaining, creative, and borderline obsessive work over at FlowingData creating charts illustrating the top 100 memorable movie quotes (as identified by the AFI).

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Muzak used to try to systematically lift your mood to encourage shopping – basically they were shopping DJs. I have several of the old albums – pretty funny stuff. Here’s a great article about the history of Muzak.

It’s important to know the difference between correlation and causation when using charts. Duh. Below is a good example of why.

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Interesting analysis of the composition of Reddit content. Randy Olson has a great blog post about how the chart was created.

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Ok, I doubt many people really give a shit about the scenic breakdown of the six Rocky movies, but the implementation of this interactive graphic is pretty impressive. The real time scanning of the entire movies is very cool, and the whole think is snappy and responsive. Well done.

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We’ve seen maps of languages around the world but it’s interesting to look a little deeper at how specific words differ across countries. Michael Kelley makes a few guesses over at Business Insider as to what explains some of the difference.

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Richie Rich

In: Culture Maps

11 Nov 2013

Where are people with the highest incomes and most education living? Here’s a map:

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I still prefer the Baby Name Voyager, but this is a nice presentation.

Also: Jacob? Barf.

Boys

Girls

 

 

Gender Gap

In: Culture

6 Nov 2013

The Economist created these summary charts of political, economic, health, and education gender gaps based on the WEFs 2013 Global Gender Gap Report.

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PopChartLab created this compendium of audio recording and playing devices over time. It’s pretty comprehensive. However, I think PopChartLab is on the verge of becoming the Buzzfeed of infocharts: pointless compiled lists of cartoonized objects. Cocktail Chart of Film and Literature?!? Fictional Beers?!? Nebula of NES Games?!  Shark jumped.

Going back to the original topic: am I the only who occasionally calls his iPod a “walkman”?

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Nicely done. I suspect some people might think that London is given credit for more than it deserves.

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