Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Muckety (Muck)

I've been thinking a lot about the uses of data, particularly public data over the past week (See: Dangerous Ideas: Consumer Empowerment, Data Harvesting and Value Reclamation) and here is an curious example a friend just turned me on to:

Muckety
Its subject is powerful, socially influential people. A say peculiar for a couple of reasons. Unlike most sites about celebrities and people of note is that it isn't littered with photos and paparazzi snapshots. Instead it uses branching tree-maps to chart relationship connections. You can even copy the code to embed the maps into your blog. The other reason is the rather beat, newsletter look of the site. Both things violate expectations for the presentation of information give the subject and category.


The "relationship map" below is for This Muffie Potter Aston.




Muffy Potter Aston



This is how the site describes itself:
Muckety is published by Muckety LLC, a company founded in 2006 by a team with years of experience in journalism, technology and online publishing.

The name Muckety derives, of course, from muckety mucks. Some follow the money. We follow the muckety, producing a daily news and information site based on online databases (which we enlarge daily), extensive research and old-fashioned journalism.

We strive for accurate, timely, objective journalism. Although you may sometimes see ads with a political point of view (served automatically through ad services such as Google AdSense), we aim to be nonpartisan in our maps, news stories and databased information.



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Must sees from The Sherman Foundation Archives:

The Embalmerati: The overly preserved undead walk amongst us.





A classic: Noel Jeffrey for Crate and Barrel



Q: Well, what do you think of Crate and Barrel?
A: It’s a very good resource. I bought some furniture there for my son’s apartment. It’s not for my clients, really. I mean we’re using it right now for a maid’s room, so that makes them happy. But our clients really want custom everything.

Classist, hysterical remarks abound at: The New York Social Diary



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1 comment:

Kathleen said...

Muffy? Really? I'd say naming your child (or yourself) muffy is a clear sign of inbreeding.