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Designing Interactive Systems (DIS)

Discursive Navigation of Online News

Research ∙ Information Visualization


As a response to the current navigational format of online news, which is linear, chronological, and heavily delineated by topics, we propose a more discursive and heuristic model of navigation that will offer readers a variety of lenses, interpretations, and pathways to read through a news site. Through an analysis of two prominent discursive models of knowledge—Foucault's Discursive Formations and Deleuze and Guattari's Rhizome—we can determine an organizational framework that is more representative of human memory and associative connections. This discursive framework is put into practice through the interactive and exploratory medium of data visualization, shown in a sketch-based format.


S. Oliver, G. Gali, F. Chevalier, and S. Diamond. Discursive Navigation of Online News in Proceedings of the Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS'12), 4 pages, May 2012.