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America is like Metamucil: fostering critical and creative thinking about metaphor in political blogs

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America is like Metamucil: fostering critical and creative thinking about metaphor in political blogs
Blogs are becoming an increasingly important medium-socially, academically, and politically. Much research has involved analyzing blogs, but less work has considered how such analytic techniques might be incorporated into tools for blog readers. A new tool, metaViz, analyzes political blogs for potential conceptual metaphors and presents them to blog readers. This paper presents a study exploring the types of critical and creative thinking fostered by metaViz as evidenced by user comments and discussion on the system. These results indicate the effectiveness of various system features at fostering critical thinking and creativity, specifically in terms of deep, structural reasoning about metaphors and creatively extending existing metaphors. Furthermore, the results carry broader implications beyond blogs and politics about exploring alternate configurations between computation and human thought. Author Keywords Metaphor, political blogs, blog readers, computational metaphor identific...
Eric P. S. Baumer, Jordan Sinclair, Bill Tomlinson
Added 05 Dec 2010
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Type Conference
Year 2010
Where CHI
Authors Eric P. S. Baumer, Jordan Sinclair, Bill Tomlinson
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