Building on faults — how to represent controversies with digital methods
Publications – Article
Venturini, Tommaso. 2012. "Building on faults: how to represent controversies with digital methods." Public understanding of science: an international journal of research in the public dimensions of science and technology 21 (7): 796-812. ⤤
In a previous article appeared in this journal, I introduced Bruno Latour’s cartography of controversies and I discussed half of it, namely how to observe techno-scientific controversies. In this article I will concentrate on the remaining half: how to represent the complexity of social debates in a legible form. In my previous paper, we learnt how to explore the richness of collective existence through Actor-Network Theory. In this one, I will discuss how to render such complexity through an original visualization device: the controversy-website. Capitalizing on the potential of digital technologies, the controversy-website has been developed as a multilayered toolkit to trace and aggregate information on public debates.