This java visualisation simulates the controversy, based on the dynamics of the animation with the addition of interactivity. It requires the Sun Java Runtime Environment to run.

Click here to open the simulation in a separate window, but please allow up to a few minutes for it to download.

The image below shows the main parts of the application, including its features and controls. More detailed information can be found at the bottom of this page.

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Credits: This particular simulation was created by Aedas|R&D Computational Design Research [CDR], based on previous research and visualisation theory and design work from researchers at the Manchester School of Architecture.

  1. Actors: the left column, to the right of concerns, list the actors present in the visualisation space. These can be selected and highlighted. The corresponding number represents the number of instances where the actor appears in the source data.
  2. Concerns: particular concerns can be hidden or shown to allow a greater focus on particular elements. This makes it easier to explore the controversy through different perspectives.
  3. Visualisation space: like in the animation page, the actors and concerns are shown in a 2D space, where the physical distance from actors to the concerns partly reflects their closeness in the media study. Actors can be dragged and moved throughout the screen, and clicking on the line at the point in which it leaves the concern point shows articles and quotes associated with that particular actor, together with the URL of the article from which it is based (see Sources for full references).
  4. Speed controls change the pace of the timeline from fast to slow, to flowing in reverse.
  5. Timeline controls: this can be altered manually by clicking and dragging on the timeline. It is preset to show a narrow timerange as with the full 2000-2011 range the screen will be overwhelmed with actors. On this preset, actors will disappear once they no longer appear in the source data for more than three months (they fade out in the intervening period).
  6. Options: there are two forms of visualisation which can be switched by pressing 'v'. The first shows a biological cell-like structure, whereas the second uses spindle-like lines or tendons which extend from the actors (colour can be added in this mode).
  7. Controls: the mouse wheel functions as a zoom, and holding the right mouse button whilst dragging moves the visualisation space.