Sriya Sarkar

Digital Media-ite, Comedian, Filmmaker

Sriya Sarkar can be found at the intersection of comedy, political issues, and digital media (just off of I-95). A filmmaker and comedian, she recently received her Master's in Integrated Digital Media from NYU's Polytechnic School of Engineering.

The smorgasbord of her work lives here.

Hello World

Hello! Sriya here. And here's the data you need on me:

  • My background is in film production
  • I'm a comedian
  • I have worked at
    • BBC
    • Comedy Central
    • Discovery
    • Upworthy
    • Other
  • I'm passionate about
    • social advocacy
    • standup comedy
    • finding the perfect GIF for every conversation
    • donuts

All the juicy details can be found in my bio.

I wanted to take this class because I come from a traditional narrative background, both in terms of form and medium, and I want to become versed in more digital storytelling. I have always been a news consumer; only recently did I pick up on the trend of data journalism.

As someone who wants to make politics more engaging and accessible to the public at large, particularly through comedy, I wanted to tap into data visualization because it seems like a creative way to present information that audiences need to know about. 

Mostly, though, and it may be a simplistic reason, but I find the field fascinating and just wanted to learn about it, by golly.

As for an example, I came across this handy little visualization featured in The Guardian to see women's rights around the world. 

I was fascinated by the similarity to the color wheel and the simple aesthetics certainly drew me in. Part of me wonders whether it's not a little overly simplistic in its evaluation of women's rights as it portrays strictly a legal view without taking cultural aspects into consideration. But it's fascinating to interact with regardless, particularly when coming across a country that, on paper, affords women rights but is still culturally oppressive.

There's also this one:

It's a map of San Francisco. A laser cut map of San Francisco. It was cut...with lasers.

And lastly, these clips' relevance may be questionable to a degree, but may we never forget the following two bits of television:

What a funky world we live in. 

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