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. 

Sriya Sarkar