Blog 3 Benzon’s Article

I believe that in terms of reading through a blog post, survey, or text book whether it is a digital copy, or a printed copy, it would be more effective to skim through the book looking for information information that would be more focused on the main idea for the paragraph for the reading, and that the information would be easier to remember if you paraphrase it in your own words rather that repeating the text word for word. According to Benzon, “paradata refers to data about the data collection process itself—say the date or time of a survey, or other information about how a survey was conducted.” which means that paradata makes it easier to remember all important information in a blog post, survey, or a text. (Page 1)

With paradata, you are able to shorten one or more phrases that are long and may have words that some people may not understand, and may be hard to remember, into a short sentence that is simple and easy to remember. In Benzon’s article, he mentions the process that makes up paradata which is an interface made up of six movements which can help us make visualizations of the data that we use to make up paradata.   The first movement is called madness which is where we visualized each letter in a blog post as a large amount of small circles in different colors.   The colors can symbolized how you feel, for example, red can symbolize that you are felling angry. The idea of the colors that can help you symbolize the emotions that you feel came from the book titled We Feel Fine.   I agree that the book has been helpful in bringing up questions about, subjects such as archives


When using the madness movement on a computer, if you click on a circle or a square in letters from a blog post, you will see the feeling that appears on the top screen, while clicking on it again will bring the blog post where the letters come from. You can also find and possibly keep any images that can represent those feelings that appear on your computer. Once that photo is saved, it can be saved to a gallery and since the database has grown and continues to grow faster, it can be easier to find any photo you want in the future.


In Stuart Moulthrop’s reading Deep Surface he talks about process that he calls diving which is done just by pointing and clicking. He mentions that when you click on a screen you are setting up a dive point, which can lead to certain position changes. That position is made by a circle called the dive bubble ehich can remind you that breathing is important. The entire point of this article is to describe the point of reading just main points. Which is similar to how paradata works.2016-02-10_1429_001.png

While I find the whole madness movement being a confusing process, I don’t really understand how this actually connects to paradata. But I do believe that paradata on its own is very helpful when it comes to reading and understanding multiple blogs.  With paradata instead of taking hours reading multiple blogs, you can use it to just find the meaning of each blog within a few minutes. It would be a lot simpler than reading through all the other words that may not tell you the main idea of a certain blog. It would also be helpful to those who do not want to spend a long time reading and just want to know what the blog is about. Also this can help younger generations who are interested in blogging and want to understand how others want to blog.



Moulthrop. Staurt. “Deep Surface”. Web

Sample Mark. ‘The Policies of Metadata and the Potential of Paradata”. Web 22 March 2011.


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