Breast Cancer is not a Pink Ribbon.

20 10 2010

I have always had mixed feelings in case of large happenings like marches and ribbon activities and cancer months. September is the ovarian cancer month (and also a US Prostate Cancer Month and a childhood cancer month) and  October the breast cancer month…. We have only 12 months in a year!

Please, don’t misunderstand me! Awareness is very important, also in the case of breast cancer: Awareness so to recognize breast cancer in an early stage, awareness of preventive measures of cancer,  awareness what women with breast cancer go through, awareness that breast cancer often can be cured, awareness that research is needed, and thus money.

But I also feel that the attention is overdone and often hypocritical, with fancy pink ribbons and “pink”: everywhere. This feeling is strengthened by some recent articles. For instance this article in Health.Chance.org, called Pink Ribbon Hypocrisy: Boozing It Up for Breast Cancer discussing that fast food and alcohol companies Use Breast Cancer as a Marketing Ploy (whereas these items some reputation if it comes to -certain types of- cancer). You can sign a petition here against it.

There is even a book Pink Ribbon Blues – How Breast Cancer Culture Undermines Women’s Health, written by Gayle A. Sulik, that is “thought-provoking and probing argument against the industry of awareness-raising”

From the description:

Pink ribbon paraphernalia saturate shopping malls, billboards, magazines, television, and other venues, all in the name of breast cancer awareness. (…) Gayle Sulik shows that though this “pink ribbon culture” has brought breast cancer advocacy much attention, it has not had the desired effect of improving women’s health. It may, in fact, have done the opposite. Based on eight years of research, analysis of advertisements and breast cancer awareness campaigns, and hundreds of interviews with those affected by the disease, Pink Ribbon Blues highlights the hidden costs of the pink ribbon as an industry, one in which breast cancer has become merely a brand name with a pink logo.

The following quote from a woman who had lost her mother to breast cancer illustrates the feeling of many (see comments):

As the years went by, life provided me with more reasons to hate pink. Frustration over society-defined gender roles piled on as did annoyance at the image of ultimate feminine woman. And then came the big one.

Breast cancer.

My mom passed away after a six-year long battle with breast cancer at the age of 45.

When pink later became symbolic of breast cancer awareness, I wanted to punch some pink piggies. I know that some people choose to wear pink to honor or remember or show support for a loved one. That is not what I get my panties in a bunch about–it’s the way corporate America has grabbed that pink flag and waved it to and fro for their own profit that makes me furious.

I remember once standing in the grocery store and staring at a bag of pink ribbon-adorned M&Ms, my blood boiling harder with every passing second.

She ends her post with:

Everyone has a story. Some have seen the scars of a mastectomy. Some have witnessed the toll that chemotherapy takes on a body. Some have lived the pain. We all know it’s bad.

I, for one, don’t need pink to remind me.

That same is true for me. I’ve seen my mother battling breast cancer -she is a survivor- and I have seen the scars of mastectomy and these are nowhere near pink ribbon.

“Breast Cancer is not a Pink Ribbon” tweeted Gilles Frydman yesterday and he meant a great pictures exhibition that lasted 3 days, showing portraits of young topless breast cancer survivors shot by fashion photographer David Jay.

At first I found it mainly confronting: this is the reality of breast cancer! As described elsewhere (Jezebel):

Seeing scarred and reconstructed mammary glands is not just shocking because of the way breasts are fetishized in our society, but because it speaks to how much we hide, gloss over and tidy up disease. Breasts are one of the defining physical attributes for identifying a woman. Breast cancer eats away at flesh meant to nourish. Surgery is a brutal procedure from which to recover and heal. But cute, clean, pink ribbons have come to symbolize all that.

But at a second and third look, I mainly saw the beauty of the photo’s, the fierceness of the women and their beautiful eyes.

Exactly as put into words at the website of the SCAR project:

Although Jay began shooting The SCAR Project primarily as an awareness raising campaign he was not prepared for something much more immediate . . . and beautiful: “For these young women, having their portrait taken seems to represent their personal victory over this terrifying disease.

SCAR by the way stands for ‘Surviving Cancer. Absolute Reality.”

David Jay was inspired to act when a dear friend was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 32.

The SCAR-project is “dedicated to the more than 10,000 women under the age of 40 who will be diagnosed this year alone The SCAR Project is an exercise in awareness, hope, reflection and healing. The mission is three-fold: Raise public consciousness of early-onset breast cancer, raise funds for breast cancer research/outreach programs and help young survivors see their scars, faces, figures and experiences through a new, honest and ultimately empowering lens.”

The exhibition was last week in New York, but you can still see the photographs at the website of the SCAR-project.

Furthermore, you can participate in the project and/or buy the (signed) SCAR project book ($55).

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Anatomy Lesson 2008: Living in Fear

30 11 2008

You may want to play this music while reading this post: Bach: Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (BWV 106)

amc-homepage

The “Anatomy Lesson” has several meanings:

  1. A lesson in Anatomy
  2. A famous painting of Rembrandt van Rijn (of Nicolaes Tulp) (1632).
  3. The homepage of the AMC, the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, inspired on the painting of Rembrandt.
  4. A yearly symposium at the intersecting plane of medicine, art and society, organized by the AMC and the Volkskrant, a Dutch newspaper.

This year I was invited to the yearly “Anatomische Les” in the concertgebouw, Amsterdam’s beautiful concert hall (see Wikipedia). It is a very official happening. The audience had to take their seats long before the start. It took more than 2 hours without any break.

zaal-concertgebouw-anatomische-les

Anatomy Lesson 2008 in the Concertgebouw

This year’s theme was FEAR. The program was as follows:

  • Welcome – Rinnooy Kan
  • Presentation of new work of art of Albert van Westing (1960), recently bought by the AMC – Wim Pybes, director of the “RijksMuseum”
  • “Mit Freud und Freud ich fahr dahin”- Johan Sebastian Bach. 1.”O Jesu Christ, mein’s Lebens Licht” 2. Gottes zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit – Baroque Ensemble “Follia d’ Amsterdam” together with the choir “Nuovo Musico” , conducted by Gustav Leonhardt (above is another version). The cantatas express both fear for death and faith in God.
  • Audiovisual presentation of the assay ” de vertrouwenscrisis” (what went wrong with the fundamental trust in the Dutch society?), written by 19 different publicists.
  • Audiovisual impression of pupils of Amsterdam High Schools attending lectures in psychiatry: funny and disarming.
  • And the climax: a 50 min lecture of Prof. Arieh Y. Shalev, M.D. (Head Department of Psychiatry at the Hadassah University Hospital of Jerusalem, Israel) about living with fear.

I will try to summarize the main points of Shalev’s lecture as I remember them (no notes).

There are several factors that may influence how people react to fear:

  1. DNA (fixed), inherited differences – (written composition in musical notation)
  2. Epigenetic Mechanisms (mostly but not exclusively determined postnatally). (tuning of the piano, quenching the middle register)
  3. (Gene) Expression (Accordion register determining ranks and timbres, determined by the accordionist)
  4. Exogenous factors (i.e. empathy and affection) (the people singing, the acoustics)

Fear is an emotional response to threats and danger, meant to protect against a threat (fright-fight-or-flight). It is a basic survival mechanism occurring in response to a specific stimulus, such as pain or the threat of pain. Recognizing a person in agony is easy. The facial expression of fear includes the widening of the eyes (out of anticipation for what will happen next); the pupils dilate (to take in more light); the upper lip rises, the brows draw together, and the lips stretch horizontally. Muscles used for physical movement are tightened and primed with oxygen, in preparation for a physical fight-or-flight response. When the stimulus is shocking or abrupt, a common reaction is to protect vulnerable parts of the anatomy, particularly the face and head. When a fear stimulus occurs unexpectedly, the victim of the fear response could possibly jump or give a small start. The person’s heart-rate and heartbeat may quicken (from Wikipedia).

brain-amygdalaThe amygdala, an almond shaped complex of related nuclei, located in the middle of the brain, is a critical processor area for fear. Connected to the hippocampus, it plays a role in emotionally laden memories. It is part of the limbic system.

Fear, begins with arousal. For instance:

  1. You hear a sound. The amygdala is alerted.
  2. You see a face, the amygdala is alerted to a greater extent. Your pupils enlarge, your breathing and hartbeat quicken.
  3. You recognize the face; it is nobody to be afraid of: the fear response is dampened. The heartbeat drops to normal levels, because you are reassured that there was no danger.

But suppose (1) you’re walking in a dark alley and (2) you see a gun. (3) Next you see a man holding that gun. (4) He shouts something threatening. There are no breaks anymore (by prefrontal cortex/hippocampus on the amygdala) and the fear machine starts running at full speed. Thus, in case of a major threat, in a split second all alarm bells ring: the abovementioned reflexes occur immediately and with no point of return.

One’s memory of what happens consists of separate “pictures”: (1) the alley, (2) the gun, (3) the man, (4) a loud voice (and perhaps smell). Normally, moments of fear will takes it’s place along other memories, although this may take some time.

However, depending on the kind of fear, your personality and external factors, memories to the incident causing fear may stay at the foreground. It may become a memory that comes to the mind frequently and spontaneously or evoked by one of the remembered associations. For instance any alley may cause the full blown fear response again in the abovementioned example.

Shalev telling this, I suddenly understood my reactions to a car accident. While driving on the highway, the driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to skid and finally ending against a huge concrete wall. I was sitting in the back and while the car was turning I saw “the wall hitting us”. My “last thought” was “that was it”. The car was total loss, but luckily all 5 (members of a dancing group) survived. Apparently because of the “fear of death”, the impression of that very moment staid long with me. For almost a year I felt frightened not only in a car, but also when I saw a car or motor turning fast around the corner or when moving sideways in an airplane during landing. It must have been a similar feeling as when the car turned and hit the wall. The resemblance of that moment brought the memory and the fear back in quite un uncontrollable way. But as time passed by, so did this emotional reaction. The memory itself was still there, but at the background and slowly all intense associations with that frightful moment faded.

hapThis is what normally happens with frigtening experiences. Fear can be retriggered by a memory (smell, picture, situation) linked to what happened, but can extinguish over time. Thus responding to a conditioned stimulus (CS) spontaneously recovers with the passage of time indicated that extinction does not erase the conditioned memory, but is a form of (active) inhibition. The brain (prefrontal cortex/hippocampus) learns how to coop with it and suppress the emotional fear reflex (amygdala).

However, some fears don’t extinguish and have a lifelong impact. For instance in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which is a severe and ongoing emotional reaction to extreme physical or psychological trauma.

Shalev gave several examples of people with PTSD other than PTSD in war veterans . For instance, a mother who lost her daughter on the complications of a simple (and unnecesary) intervention. The daughter died of sepsis and from that moment on the mother continued to live in the past, persistently reexperiencing the traumatic event.

This was what the mother remembers as the most frightful moment:

I entered the door, my hand still holding the knob. There she lied staring with pupils so dilatated that her irisses were no longer visible. Death was inevitably approaching. I wanted to scream for help, but there were no doctors present and nurses were all running around. I could do nothing about it.

That was a recurrent theme in all examples: feeling desparate and helpless while facing the inevitable.

In PTSD patients the normal extinction mechanisms don’t work. PTSD patients remain in a state of arousal.

In a longitudinal MRI study Shalev showed that a smaller hippocampal volume is not a necessary risk factor for developing PTSD and does not occur within 6 months of expressing the disorder, thereby dismissing the widely held belief that the volume of the hippocampus is reduced in PTSD patients . (Bonne O et al. Am J Psychiatry. 2001 Aug;158(8):1248-51. Longitudinal MRI study of hippocampal volume in trauma survivors with PTSD.)

Shalev also emphasized that the mere reiteratation of the traumatic event doesn’t help the patient. If the patient is in fear it doesn’t help to bring him to an alley all over again, and to leave the alley again as soon as the patient gets frightened. This only reinforces fear. What should be done is to learn the patient to associate the alley with positive events through psychotherapy. Trust, empathy, friendship can all help as well.

Because extinction is a form of learning some medical treatments given soon after the trauma will not help to reduce the PTSD. In a Randomized Controlled Trial presented at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology 46th Annual Meeting (December 8-12, 2007), Shalev and coworkers showed that cognitive therapy or prolonged exposure therapy (a type of cognitive behavioral therapy) within 1 month had a reduced prevalence and severity of PTSD at 5 months to 20%, whereas early treatment with a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) fared no better than individuals randomized to placebo or spontaneous recovery (wait-list) groups (60%). According to Shalev this is a phantastic effect. (Source: Medscape ).

Still, although cognitive therapy is effective, many PTSD patients remain symptomatic despite initial treatment.
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This post was (also) written for next Grand Round hosted by Mexican Medical Student. Enrico had a tentative theme in mind (with some flexibility to change it ;) ) but these words should be applicable: renewal, metamorphosis, change, transformation. Well, this story was about how extreme fear can transform you in another person. Furthermore death, referred to in the Bach cantate, is our ultimate transformation.
Finally I hope that Enrico, being both a medical student and a
classical pianist likes Bach.





Spoetnikblogs als een woordenwolk

9 08 2008

In een vorige post (zie hier) had ik het over WORDLE, een programma waarmee je woordenwolken kunt maken.

Het leek mij leuk om mijn Spoetnik-blogroll in een Wordle-creatie te vangen. Alle links die in mijn blogroll staan (stonden?!) bracht ik over naar Word en ik gaf gewicht aan de links door ze een aantal malen te kopieren, varierend van 1x tot 6x. De grootte van de woorden in Wordle is namelijk afhankelijk van hun frequentie. De woorden kun je in Wordle invoeren bij “create”. Wanneer de woordenwolk gecreeerd is kun je het aanpassen: lettertype, kleurenpalet en orientatie. Vervolgens kun je het in de galerij opslaan en printen, maar niet als figuur downloaden. Het is nl. gebaseerd op Java-script. Ik doe dat indirect via een programmaatje dat ik gekocht heb: SnagIt.

Vervolgens leek het me leuk alle spoetnikblogs in een echte wolk te vatten. Ik heb wel de http’s en wordpress etc. termen erafgehaald. In eerste instantie had ik het niet aangepast aan mijn blogrollversie, met als gevolg dat iemand onder 2 namen kon voorkomen oefenings~40’s~blog of oefening40. Vervolgens heb ik alleen de officiele spoetniknamen (webadressen) aangehouden. Alle blogs die geen belletje bij me deden rinkelen noteerde ik 1x, blogs die dat wel deden 2x en blogs die op mijn blogroll voorkwamen minimaal 3x. “Opgeheven” heb ik maar laten staan en blogs waarvan ik weet dat ze onder een andere naam gehandhaafd zijn heb ik ook vermeld: Een Beetje Adjunct (http://zeemanspraat.wordpress.com/ van Ubabert) en FNWI nieuwbouw beta bibliotheek (http://betabieb.wordpress.com/ van Zygomorf). Vanzelfsprekend is het gewicht dat ik eraan toegekend heb geheel persoonlijk.

Wordle is vooral fraai, het maakt woordwolken, blogrolls, tagsclouds e.d. tot een kunstzinnig object, een tastbaar iets. Helaas zijn de namen niet aanklikbaar, dus als blogroll heb je er niet veel aan.

Wil je de plaatjes beter bekijken, klik er dan op en kijk of je naam erbij staat.

Nu ik de blogroll bekijk, bedenk ik wel dat deze niet meer uptodate is. Veel mensen onderhouden hun Spoetnikblog niet meer. Aan de andere kant heb ik nu andere blogs leren kennen die èn actueel zijn èn op mijn interessegebied liggen. Daarom ga ik links van Spoetnik-blogs verwijderen, voorzover ze niet meer bijgehouden worden om ruimte te maken voor andere blogs/links.

Willen jullie me laten weten of:

  • je vindt dat ik je onterecht verwijderd heb (je gaat door met je blog)
  • of ik je misschien vergeten ben en je wel op mijn blogroll wilt staan?
  • of jij (of jouw bieb) misschien een andere blog bent begonnen? (geef dan de link)
  • of vertel hier even hoe het met je gaat, heb je ook een “after-spoetnik-dip”? of is het leven er alleen maar zonniger op geworden tijdens je vakantie en na de spoetnik-drukte?

Wil je zelf een WORDLE-plaatje maken, lees evt mijn vorige post (zie hier) of ga direct naar de Wordle-create pagina. Het wijst zich wel vanzelf en het is leuk (lees verslavend) om wat te experimenteren. Ik zag tussen 2 haakjes dat Bert op zijn nieuwe blog Zeemanspraat al een maand eerder een Wordle-wolk had gemaakt van een van zijn presentaties (zie hier)

Spoetnikblogs, UBA -en niet-UBA-deelnemers, vetgedrukt zij die (ooit) op mijn blogroll staan (stonden):

(Ja sorry niet overal de nr ervoor, ik had ze eerst verwijderd, maar om de verwijderde nummers achteraf weer toe te voegen???!! EEn karwei hoor, handmatig al die links toevoegen en http en wordpress.com verwijderen pfffffff)
UBA-deelnemers: 1. ubaspoetnik 2. spoetnik.mtb-schoorl.nl 3. astolfosullaluna 4. nielsmr 5. swealtsje ; robinvs ; swealtsje ; jaapdevisser ; afvalchinees ; jwdjoker. salamanc ; dexie ; moirac ; oefening40 ; lezen20. ; woutv ; nabaghlavi ; snavely ; donkeytail ; sperwer4 ; ijsbus ; ubsarah ; metgezel dorades ; zygomorf ; aristotalloss ; h1gh5 ; laikaspoetnik ; brughagedis ; averhag1; bidocblog ; pentagruel ; oktoberkind29 ; ubafranca ; duyfje ; sarabeemsterboer ; kramerotten ; plisu ; lynndelisa ; gildederspoetnikker ; margrieto ; filipsdestoute/ ; joeri25 ; geraldapm ; . criticus ; mammen ; annadv. ; creabea ; berendina. ; basler ; majomikl. ; acqvier ; overzichter ; gvulot ; gitele.; bibliobes ; athahualpa zanni3s ; mfeijen 59. mjdebooys. 60. timelost 61. jansenangeline 62. tillie 63. wmeijer1 64. googoes 65. epbintje 66. ubabert 67. sabineg49 68. hoorn 69. datinka. 70. wodunit 71. agje 72. boekenvlindertje 73. biciuvajamvw 75. rfernho 76. davehak 77. zwaandebbie 78. klokhuis 80. mar1jke 82. jeroenub1 83. snahamrof. 84. praagselente 85. herrie1 86. roosophetrokin. 87. 1forens. 88. grrootje 89. geantduprov 90. kaihenriquez 91. nancykleenex 92. aanbrand 93. turquoois 94. klijtberroo 95. hian46 96. technopcj 97. pussycat123 98. kate57 99. happymax100. lieuwekool 101. jbties 102. zichor 103. julietteolivier 104. staminalopodax 105. grensgebieden 106. snoever 107. guusroeloff 108. bknuppebv 109. ritagulinck 111. marcelsampimon. 112. iwoiwo 113. nikspoet 114. jeroenxx 115. debibliotheker 116. kladblogje 117. gazendam 118. elkedagwatanders 119. pimpampet 120. agnessavd 121. prbiebmiep 122. moniquekooijmans 123. schwitters 124. diederikmajoor 125. zonnetje4 126. redibis 127. yvonne18 128. loindesponts 129. raybeuker 130. martien128 131. trijnvanhamborg 132. truitje 133. mietjekopietje
Niet UBA-deelnemers
: 1. hollander68 2. wondersteen 3. hobbeltjes 4. ratafurell 5. tandory 6. no33.nl 7. evantee 8. peepastinakel 9. annajo 10. makok 11. gertiebastiaansen 12. ubautist 13. happinez 14. /wimam 15. maaikemo 16. calypta 17. gevleugeld 18. sotoha 19. xspainter 20. aagjedeboer 21. hoigagarin 22. rovingreports 23. bibliotheekheb 24. mariettevandepoll 25. chuqui9 26.leefsma 27. http://vooruitkijkengodelieveengbersen.blogspot.com 28. http://riamuisje.wordpress.com 29. http://pulpje.wordpress.com
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Like to know what this is all about?? I’ve made a word cloud of the blogs of the online course SPOETNIK on NEW (web 2.0) internet communication methods for (dutch) librarians. First I made a cloud of the spoetnik blogs that were on my blogroll, then I made a cloud of all Spoetnikbloks including all cancelled ones (“opgeheven”).

However, I decided not to leave all Spoetnik blogs permanently on my blogroll for purely nostalgic reasons, but to remove those blogs that are poorly maintained or in a dormant state.
On the other hand I will soon add some blogs that I’ve been into lately, mostly on the field of medical librarianship, medicine and science.

If you’re interested in Wordle, you might take a look at my previous post on this subject or go directly to Wordle to create your own word-cloud.





Visualize your blog (words) with Wordle

3 08 2008

I just discovered Wordle through Thomas of “Biomedicine on Display” (blog of Medical Museion, University of Copenhagen), who wrote several posts on this new web toy. Thomas created a cloud of his own blog links, and of the World top blogs on Health and Medicine. I’m on these clouds, but couldn’t find my name. Can you? (it is weighted according to importance 😉 ).

Wordle is a free online Java ap created by Jonathan Feinberg, which generates word clouds from any given URL, RSS-feed, del.icio.us user names, or text you provide. The nice thing is you can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts (horizontal, vertical, random etc) and color schemes.

1. Laika’s URL – no english stopwords
2. Laika’s URL – no dutch stopwords

Above are two word-clouds of my blog, created by entering the URL of my blog and removing common words. However, since my blog is bilingual, removing English stop words leaves Dutch stop words and vice versa. Thus the two versions shown above most prominently show the stopwords of the other language, but that gives a funny effect. Wordle only shows the words of recent posts, those posts which show up when you type in the URL.
The variation is endless. Even when you refresh, you get a different picture.

Pictures can be saved online in the “the Gallery”.

3. Laika’s old category cloud – not weighted

Next I created a category cloud from my (old) categories (I need to update them). First I didn’t weight the words, entering each word once (3). But in the next series I gave the categories weight by repeating them as many times as they were used in my blog (4,5). I just show fig. 4, because ‘Social Networking’ was completely out of the cloud, which is -I think- a contradictio in terminis. Really amusing.

5. Category Cloud - weighted

Cat-cloud - weighted

4. Cat-cloud - weighted

Addison's disease info (nvacp)

6. Addison's disease info (NVACP)

Finally I copied the text from a Dutch Patient website (the NVACP) about Addison’s disease (which I have). This illustrate one of the applications of World: you can immediately grasp what the text is about. It can be used to visualize your presentation or even as an educational tool. (e.g. in this post Wordle is used to prepare a school lesson on the environment). But you can use Wordl for many purposes, i.e. make postcards, write a poem etcetera (see this post for some ideas).

Well anyway, playing with Wordle is great fun and a bit addicting.

Want to create your own: click here

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Een heel leuk nieuw web-speeltje: Wordle.
Toevallig leerde ik het kennen via Biomedicine on Display” (blog van het Medical Museion, Universiteit van Copenhagen), waar Thomas enkele berichten over deze applicatie plaatste.

Thomas maakte een woordwolk van zijn blogroll, en van de “Top Health and Medicine Blogs”. Ik sta ergens op deze wolkjes, maar heb ze nog niet kunnen localiseren. Nu ja wat wil je met meer dan 800 blogs, naar belang gerangschikt 😉

Wordle is een gratis Java applicatie, ontwikkeld door Jonathan Feinberg.
World genereert woordwolken vanuit een
URL, RSS-feed, del.icio.us gebruikersnaam of aangeleverde tekst. Het mooie eraan is dat je de wolken op verschillende manieren kunt opleuken. Je kunt heel veel verschillende lettertypen, lay-outs (verticaal horizontaal, kris-kras) en kleurenschema’s toepassen. Plaatjes kun je bewaren in “the Gallery”.

Ik heb eerst woordenwolken van mijn blog gemaakt door de URL in te voeren en de opdracht te geven stopwoorden te verwijderen. Maar mijn blog is twee-talig. Verwijder ik de nederlandse stopwoorden, dan komen juist de engelse stopwoorden prominent in beeld, en vice versa. Maar ach, dat is eigenlijk wel grappig. Wordle toont trouwens alleen een wolk van de laatste berichten, d.w.z. díe berichten die je ziet als je de url intypt. Bij mij gingen de laatste berichten juist over Twitter en PubMed.
Je kunt eindeloos varieren. En zelfs als je ‘refresht’ wordt het plaatje weer helemaal anders qua kleur-compositie.

Vervolgens maakte ik een wolk van mijn (oude) categoriën (althans het is het plan ze drastisch te vernieuwen, er komen nog teveel woorden van de Spoetnikcursus in voor die ik niet meer zal gebruiken). Eerst voerde ik de termen in enkelvoud in (3). Maar daarna gaf ik er gewicht aan door ze zo vaak te kopiëren als ze op mijn blog voorkomen (4,5). Fig 4 laat ik zien omdat ‘Social Networking’ er helemaal buitenhangt, eigenlijk een contradictio in terminis, maar wel amusant.

Addison's disease info (nvacp)

6. Addison's disease info (NVACP)

Tenslotte kopieerde ik tekst over de ziekte van Addison van de Nederlandse Vereniging van Addison en Cushingpatienten (NVACP). Dit illusteert meteen een van de mogelijkheden van Wordle: je ziet in een oogopslag waar de tekst over gaat. Daarom kun je met deze tool gebruiken je presentatie visualiseren, of het als een leermiddel inzetten (zie bijvoorbeeld dit bericht, waar Wordle is gebruikt voor een les over het milieu).

Maar je kunt Wordl op veel manieren toepassen, je kunt er bijvoorbeeld ansichtkaarten mee maken of een gedicht. (zie dit bericht voor enkele ideeen).

Nou, hoe dan ook, een beetje spelen met Wordle is erg leuk èn verslavend.

Wil je zelf aan de slag, klik dan hier!

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