I should have posted this ages ago. I didn't.
Liz Turner gave me a brief preview of ICONAUT, a cute tool for visualizing data, on the balcony of some fancy building the XTech folks rented out for socializing and eating French hors d'ouvres. Rain cut the demo short, but it's now online for the world to see. I don't think it dynamically pulls in new data from Harper's, as the newest articles seem to be from 2005. A shame, but it is still beta after all.
Check it out. How could you use this concept in your next reporting application? Could you do it without Flash?