What can Data do?


Every day millions of information is being disseminated throughout our universe. We travel this super highway where almost anything is possible; all tools we need to create are at our finger tips. Electronic messaging has replaced the need for snail mail as a form of contact since everyone is connect in some way to this cyber space. The result of which has allowed us to reach to places where we would otherwise not dare to venture. As good as this might be there are times when technology has placed us at disadvantage because of elements that would use the good of society to control the masses. What have we learned in the process? Where can we go from here?

What is data and how can it be used? Data is a collection of facts, such as values or measurements. It can be numbers, words, measurements, observations or even just descriptions of things. As I think of this blog the truth is, it is a form of collection and collaborations base on information that is being sort from sources that might otherwise be hidden. To get the truth about information needed there should be data even for the sake of comparison. We must have a point of reference from which to compare things pass or present.

As I look at this, I see two kinds of data that would be relevant to a wholesome discussion. Where do we go to get data that might be relevant? We need qualitative data which describes something be it in the past or present. For instance, in the recent escalation of tragedies that is taking place in regards to police brutality, school and college compass shooting, how do we deal with this information that has been given? Where do we go to discuss the source, to check and compare the facts to make proper decisions? Can we trust the bearers of the message to the masses? How do we solve the problems that keep recurring; what or where is our point of reference?

The media thrives on information but are not always the most trusted source. The truth is sometime twisted in attempt to gain rating. Are they using their resources to foster peace or are they only interested in their own bottom line while enabling the masses with their form of covert aggression? The facts cannot be ignored but there should be an examination of the source. As I have said that there should be qualitative data which allows us the make decisions base on the facts.

It is easy to dismiss a situation as just another incident with an unfortunate circumstance. The fact is data is there to show the extremity and the frequency of which a particular even takes place. The data are there and it will tell the truth without respect to favor of color or class. Qualitative data make it easier to compare the information and therefore exposes the idea of subversion and intolerance.

What can data do? Data brings to light the facts as recorded for comparison to the present circumstance as it evolves. The fact is there is police brutality taking place in our country without a doubt. Comparison can be made to back up the findings.

“Americans Killed by Cops Now Outnumber Americans Killed in Iraq War. The increase in police brutality in this country is a frightening reality. In the last decade alone the number of people murdered by police has reached 5,000. The number of soldiers killed since the inception of the Iraq war, 4489. What went wrong? In the 1970’s SWAT teams were estimated to be used just a few hundred times per year, now we are looking at over 40,000 military styles “knock and announce” police raids a year.

The police presence in this country is being turned into a military with a clearly defined enemy, anyone who questions the establishment.” (This article was published in December 2013 by Global research)

While this reference is not meant to cause an outrage it is an example of the power of data; where do we go to get it and the question: what can data do?

I will turn your attention to the other problem which faces us as a society. While it is true that the violence is real, there are other things that are just as common and needs our attention. The data is there; all we need is a little research to bring it to the surface. How about the problem of HIV/Aids, homelessness and unemployment or underemployment? The fact is there are data that will tell you of the percentage of the folks suffering in the dark, living under a bridge somewhere with a voice calling out for help.

Will anyone reach out and help? The word came to Isaiah with the question: “Whom shall I send and who will go for us? Then said I, here am I; sent me. And he said, Go, and tell these people…

Data will help to shed light on the problems which do exist. We need to make worthwhile change for the better of our society. Just trying to challenge your mind into thinking of the power of data and how it can be used to help our civil society.

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