Nuclear anxiety

Nuclear Anxiety
Nuclear Anxiety

Nuclear Anxiety

These are really complex days. The earth itself seems to be revolting.
Together with its people: Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria.

Chernobyl nuclear disaster is still in our minds and in the continuous
stream of information coming from the media that anyone who lived
during those times remembers quite well: the contradicting information
about nuclear energy, what was contaminated with radiation, what
wasn’t, what you could eat and what you should have avoided.

And now, Fukushima.

And, in the background of both events, as a continuous barely hearable
noise, the scenario of this enormous topic for discussion: the
energetic future of the world, between oil, nuclear power and new,
renewable forms of energy.

This is something that is often discussed in terms of “future”, but it
is a future that has already arrived.

The other day we had been discussing about these issues with
penelope.di.pixel, and we realized that we didn’t have any answer, and
that in that moment all that prevailed was a sustained sense of
anxiety. Something that movies, net mythologies, urban legends and all
sorts of conspiracy theories have infiltrated in our minds as
something believable even if we don’t believe in it.

And penelope wrote this article on ArtsBlog.it about this state of
Nuclear Anxiety.

While doing other things, today we created this visualization, called
“Nuclear Anxiety”

It is a simple twitter based visualization: while you look at it, it
fetches the most recent tweets speaking about “nuclear” in several
languages, adds them to a database and plots them on a map using
icons.
Tags: alternative energies, chernobyl, fukushima, infoaesthetics,
nuclear anxiety, nuclear disaster, nuclear energy, realtime
discussion, renewable energy sources, tweets, twitter, visualization

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