This is a neat hack, in an artsy sort of way:
CYCLONE.SOC brings together two contemporary phenomena:
- severe weather, the project uses weather data that charts the emergence and progress of hurricanes.
- the polarized nature of debate that occurs in certain online newsgroup forums.
The project maps textual conversation taken from the political and religious newsgroups to the isobars of a dynamic, interactive weather visualization of hurricanes - whose complex structures are used to visualize the conversational churn and eddies of the newsgroup conversations.