Memex in the Mirror: Using Social Media to Visualize Collective Thought in Real-time

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The paper discusses the ‘What We Think About When We Think About…” project which uses real-time searches of large data sets produced by social media systems to permit the visualization of collective thought in real-time. It begins by briefly exploring the relationship between technology and those who make and use it and suggests that digital technology affects the ways modern humans think, thought-patterns which the examination of social media data can reveal. The operation of the project software is examined in some detail and two areas of application in augmented and virtual realities are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 25th International Symposium on Electronic Art
EditorsJuyong Park, Juhan Nam, Jin Wan Park
Place of PublicationGwangju, Korea
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9791187275060
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jul 2019
EventISEA2019 Gwangju LUX AETERNA: 25th International Symposium on Electronic Art - Asia Cultural Centre, Gwangju, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 22 Jun 201928 Jun 2019
Conference number: 25


ConferenceISEA2019 Gwangju LUX AETERNA
Abbreviated titleISEA2019
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of
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  • Collective Consciousness
  • Social Media
  • Augmented Reality
  • Big Data
  • Knowledge systems and thought
  • Generative Digital Art
  • Digital Narratives


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