Posts Tagged ‘ BBC ’

Parallactic Drift beta is now live!

About time! I’ve been working on this project and finally, I have something posted online to show for it.

Right now Parallactic Drift stands more as a proof of concept of a scalable AJAX framework that can fit into any CMS that can automate its compiling XSLT scripts (through either Cron or Cron-like functions) and a better search function.

The framework is entirely client-side, using jQuery to hide and present search query-matching stories in individual modal windows that float above a fixed map with location points. As a result, it’s a pretty big page with a slow search function and other limitation (i.e. the page does not contain my favored fade others function for emphasis because of the sheer number of news items). The news items come from a few weeks of gathering all of the RSS feeds from the BBC.co.uk, Economist.com, English.Aljazeera.com and CNN.com. So individually, the news items number in the thousands. Continue reading

The death of chronology — the rise of relevance

This my rationale behind Parallactic Drift. It is excerpted from an essay I wrote for my New Media Business class last semester:

Most print publications and other traditional media organize their information by chronology, by dates of publication. When these publications were merely print and broadcast, this model made sense since no one other than researchers and journalists would access this information in libraries or morgues (where a publication keeps old, cataloged print issues).

Today, chronology no longer dictates what events and news coverage matters most. In his essay “Death of the Story,” (found within The Future of Journalism) BBC Radio 4 Editor Kevin Marsh articulates this point in respect to how news stories were traditionally constructed. “The web is enabling our former audiences to come to their news in their ways at their times,” Marsh says. As information of world events become more freely available to consumers online, web users have decentralized print publications’ system of deadlines and publication time have, and with it the fixed news cycle to which many traditional news sources still adhere. Continue reading