I came across an insightful (and indicting) quote tonight in a data visualization paper:
I think people have begun to forget how powerful human stories are, exchanging their sense of empathy for a fetishistic fascination with data, networks, patterns, and total information. … Really, the data is just part of the story. The human stuff is the main stuff, and the data should enrich it.
The quote led me to Jonathan Harris’s website, which profiles his work as a digital artist. My immediate impression is of an artist of the first rate, who uses programming and data as his materials and media. Check him out.