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Can you trust an infographic?

Can you trust an infographic? | visual data | Scoop.it

A pictorial display of statistics, the infographic is a huge hit in the internet age.

But as one on rape figures has recently shown, they can be highly misleading.



A picture apocryphally speaks a thousand words, but its 21st-century counterpart – the infographic – often says much less. It's no surprise that the grabby and easily shared format has taken off in the internet era, and thlatest graphic to go viral is one on a tough and complex problem: rape and criminal justice...

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The Debate: Have Infographics Jumped The Shark?

The Debate: Have Infographics Jumped The Shark? | visual data | Scoop.it
Megan McArdle at the Atlantic piles on the Infographic debate, " issuing a plea to bloggers to help stop this plague in its track."...

 

A while back I asked 'Have infographics jumped the shark?'.

At the time I was complaining primarily about how well they convey information and how easy they are to check since they lack hyperlinks. I alluded to some pretty strange linkbait. Then we, like a lot of other sites, got caught in the pure linkbait play Bikes Will Save You and the Planet (Infographic) which is still up for some reason. Chris responded to this with his post On Bike Infographics & Link Marketing, where he noted that even a good infographic can make us feel "icky" if they are linkbait.

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