So I decided to use the fact checking efforts of snopes.com, politifact.com and factcheck.org to gather data surrounding the “Barack Obama wasn’t born in America” claim.
I thought that this was going to be a few simple sources to collect, and then I would be able to plug them into a conceptual graphic framework that i am working on.
But holy hell, there is an unreasonable amount of writing out there on this. I mean, clearly the guy was born in the USA, but there is a ton of literature discussing the different claims of different people as well as heaps of hard evidence (court documents etc.)
I’ll probably keep working with this specific case study, but it it probably going to take another day of work to collect and organize the data. Man – wouldnt it be great if there was a web based platform which facilitated such an effort to collect information about a specific topic that would build a meaningful and navigable narrative around said specific topic?