Tumblr is all over this election. Over at election, they are wrapping up a week of kick-ass, boots on the ground coverage of the Republican National Convention, replete with interviews and photosets and GIFs and insight and snark. The Election 2012 tag is loaded with election news and commentary from all corners of Tumblr. Basically, we in here.
When next you see me on the net I will be in Charlotte doing my part for Tumblr, covering the Democratic National Convention. I will be sleuthing around for charts (and things that deserve to be made fun of with charts), posting photos and commentary on my personal tumblr, and some combination of all of the above, plus more in-depth pieces and silliness, at the Tumblr Election center.
So … what do you want me to find out for you? I’ll be asking people nosy questions, trying to figure out exactly who shows up at these things. I’ll be poking me head into any weird gathering I come across, crashing parties, hoarding finger foods. They’ve let Tumblr loose on the American political process, so let’s have some fun with it.
I had the opposite reaction re: the social security coloring. Namely that the color red is indicative of people who find social security to be extremely or very important, and then also used for Obama. When I look at the chart, my initial reaction, based just on the colors, is that Obama considers social security to be very important, and Romney does not.
Interesting. The color palette is very odd. Why choose red vs. gray? (Even setting aside that it’s red vs. gray vs. gray vs. gray.)
Edit: I think I figured it out; they were trying to highlight a certain portoin of the information, “the leader” as it were. Regardless, they are doing it wrong.
“I am, and ever will be, a white-socks, pocket-protector, nerdy engineer, born under the second law of thermodynamics, steeped in steam tables, in love with free-body diagrams, transformed by Laplace and propelled by compressible flow.”—
“I have a chart that’s still, despite the wind, still holding up here […] but on the left-hand side, you see a bar there that represents, you can’t read the writing, it’s too far back, but I can read it even from here so I’m going to tell you what is says.”—