Last, we know that we are visualizing information. But what sort of information? There is a well established field of data visualization – but data is something less than information. There is a field of information design – we are here. Since I strive to show the connection of the information to the reader as well as the information itself, numeric or not, I will call this knowledge visualization. Knowledge is information that you managed to connect to your life experience. Information becomes knowledge once it is acquired, understood, used, digested, or otherwise experienced.
But was Baum a Bryan Democrat? In the summer of 1888, Baum moved his family to Aberdeen, South Dakota, where he opened a dry goods store. In January 1890, after the business failed, he bought a local newspaper, renaming it the Aberdeen Saturday Pioneer . The Pioneer was obviously a Republican paper. During the municipal elections that spring, Baum editorialized in support of the Republican candidates; after they won, he wrote that "Aberdeen has redeemed herself . . [a]fter suffering for nearly a year from the incompetence of a democratic administration." Later that year, Baum urged unity against the growing Independent movement: "We are all members of one great family, the family which saved the Union, the family which stands together as the emblem of prosperity among the nations--Republicanism!" Not only did Baum speak for the Republican party; he spoke against the movement that would soon evolve into the Populists. (18)