Monitoring reports that the case of Cascade Locks had opened against former U.S. cases, we discovered how all these individual cases formed a network of similar discussions quoting each other, and how these, in turn, constitute the dynamic nodes of a global network that fuel the discussion from time to time, increasing the volume of the dispute on the sale of bottled water around the world.
Through digital methods, a specific kind of research that treats the Internet as a mirror of society, we identified from whom and how this topic is debated. We analyzed this controversy, identifying actors and threads of discussion. We therefore created a visual report based on collected data.
The assignment aim is to give a primer both on the use of Internet based research strategies and the use of visual devices, a process that gives the possibility to take profit both from quantitative and qualitative research methods. We explored how to give a meaning to heterogeneous data using pre-existing digital tools and developing new ones when necessary.