INFOGRAPHIC: Pew data on civil liberties & national security

In light of the recent developments regarding NSA gathering data on Americans from various online and telecommunications sources, the Pew Research Center posted a blog highlighting some longitudinal data it has gathered since 9/11 on Americans’ attitudes toward relinquishing civil liberties. The post shows that over the last decade, fewer Americans believe that we need to relinquish our civil liberties “to curb terrorism.”

The blog post does not break down responses by any demographic factors, however, and after a tweet by danah boyd to Mary Madden at Pew Internet asking if there was going to be any further information about it, I, too, was curious. So I hopped into the SPSS file and did a few quick analyses. The result is my first-ever infographic, so please be gentle in your critiques of my artistry (I’m a researcher, not a graphic designer). You can also download a PDF of the infographic.

civil liberties infographic


Blog Rename

While it originated as an obscure reference to a sci-fi/fantasy book I was reading at the time, my blog name tends to be a bit of a downer (unless you think my blog is all about the Elder Scrolls game, to which you would be thoroughly disappointed), so I’m thinking of renaming it to reflect the more academic nature of it. I mean, some may argue that grad school, especially at the doctoral level, could be conceived as oblivion (right now I’m thinking more along the lines of the third circle of hell, since I’m obviously a glutton for punishment), the subject matter I typically write about it not exactly apparent from the blog’s name.

Because I am braindead most of the time thanks to the stacks of reading I have, I’d like to get reader input. So please, send me your suggestions for a new name for this blog and why you think I should change the name to your choice. Or, if you think oblivion is the perfect name, tell me why I should keep it as is. And if I decide to go with one of these suggestions, maybe I’ll even send the person some delicious Vitak baked goods! (If you are unaware of my baking skills, (1) shame on you and (2) read this post and/or this post.)

So come on people, tell me your ideas!