My colleague Werner and I are holding a challenge this week to produce one visual work each day. I’m working around the theme of “Deconstructing Nature”.
For the last day I wanted to do something with human nature. And there is no better place on the internet to watch human nature decompose than 4chan (Warning: Not Safe For Work!). The website is a huge image board on a large number of topics ranging from Anime to Politics.
And then there’s the “random” image board, also known as /b/, also known as the cesspool of the internet. I wanted to visualize the streams of data coming out of there, and with 4chan recently providing an API to their data, this might actually be feasible.
I use a veritable potpourri of Python libraries to bring everything together:
In the end, it was very hard to do something with images that are often gross, sometimes shocking and mostly bizarre. So I decided to abstract the representation:
Again, this is a visualization of the random image board. It would be interesting to see visualizations of the other thematic boars to see if they show different patterns.
The source is available in the Deconstructing Nature GitHub repository.