How to Tell Stories with Networks: Exploring the Narrative Affordances of Graphs with the Iliad

Venturini, T., Bounegru, L., Jacomy, M., & Gray, J. (2017). “How to Tell Stories with Networks: Exploring the Narrative Affordances of Graphs with the Iliad.” In The Datafied Society: Studying Culture through Data, edited by Mirko Schaefer and Karin Van Es. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

13 Pages Posted: 29 Sep 2017

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Tommaso Venturini

Centre Internet et Société CNRS

Liliana Bounegru

Ghent University; University of Groningen; Digital Methods Initiative

Mathieu Jacomy

Sciences Po - médialab

Jonathan Gray

King's College London

Date Written: November 13, 2015

Abstract

No doubt, networks have become indispensable mathematical tools in many aspects of life in the twenty first century. They allow us to calculate all kinds of relational metrics and to quantify the properties of their nodes, clusters and global structures. These modes of calculation are becoming increasingly prevalent in an age of digital data. But networks are more than formal analytical tools. They are also powerful metaphors of our collective life, with all of its complexity and its many dependencies. This is why, among the various strategies of data visualization, networks seem to have assumed a paradigmatic position, spreading to the most different disciplines and colonizing sometimes as mere decoration a growing number of digital and non-digital objects. Contemplating the visual representation of a network, we don’t (always) need to compute its mathematical properties to appreciate its heuristic value – as anyone who has ever used a transportation plan knows well. Networks are extraordinary calculating devices, but they are also maps, instruments of navigation and representation. Not only do they guide our steps through the territories that they represent, but they also invite our imagination to see and explore the world in different ways.

Keywords: networks, visual network analysis, digital humanities, media studies

Suggested Citation

Venturini, Tommaso and Bounegru, Liliana and Jacomy, Mathieu and Gray, Jonathan, How to Tell Stories with Networks: Exploring the Narrative Affordances of Graphs with the Iliad (November 13, 2015). Venturini, T., Bounegru, L., Jacomy, M., & Gray, J. (2017). “How to Tell Stories with Networks: Exploring the Narrative Affordances of Graphs with the Iliad.” In The Datafied Society: Studying Culture through Data, edited by Mirko Schaefer and Karin Van Es. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3043857

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Mathieu Jacomy

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Jonathan Gray

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