Initially, I wanted to create something dynamic, in near-real time, but with my busy life, that would be an impossible feat. So I'm throwing this idea out there for people to think about. I'm searching for examples of interactive time lines, especially those that have a wiki component.
Here are a few examples I found since my long post:
- Editorial cartoons- Robert Ariail' response to a statement uttered by one of our nation's politicians, from the State newspaper, graphically depicts what was going on September 17, 2008: The Fundamentals are Sound
Note: This was taken from Robert Ariail's pages on The State website, and was created by Robert Ariail. I posted here for educational purposes and will taken down upon request.
- Jokes -The JokEc website is dedicated to jokes about the economy, would brighten up the interactive time-line experience. The website is a bit dated, as it was started in 1994. "On the One Hand" is a book full of jokes related to economists, written by economic futurist Jeff Thredgold, CSP.
- Quotes about economics from wise people throughout the ages would add an interesting dimension to the time-line.
Jokes and quotes could be incorporated into the time-line as spoken word. Maybe famous actors could do the voice-overs!
There is a rap song about the Economist magazine, written by lyricist Ike Edgerton, a high school student. You can listen to a June 01, 2008 interview with Ike on NPR.
Economic data visualizations would be an asset to the timeline, especially if they were interactive and allowed people to play around with various scenarios. The Visualizing Economics website is devoted to representing economic variables from a historical perspective. Catherine Mulbrandon is the person behind this site.
Here is a quote from her website:
"I believe design can contribute to public debates by creating information-rich, easy-to-understand graphics revealing the meaning of data without hiding its complexity. While the Internet allows even greater access to economic data than ever before, much of it is hidden in databases, spreadsheets and academic papers. At the same time, the discussion of economics in the media can be confusing and contradictory. Often numbers are quoted out of context, while political agendas distort the presentation of economic data. The goal of this site is to help people who are interested in the subject of economics (but are not experts) to understand and participate in public discussions about economics through data visualizations."