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Everybody is Good at Something

February 28, 2011

Everybody is Best At Something

Hey, we all have a talent. Ours, as Americans, happens to be serial killing. We’re good at other stuff too though–don’t worry. As we’ve learned from Chey, maps can distort and hide the truth. In other words, just because we’re best at one thing doesn’t mean we aren’t best at another. Regardless, this infographic is pretty impressive. Firstly, it is beautiful to look at. Secondly, the objective of the map is something I haven’t seen before–it’s innovative and interesting. Aesthetics aside though, what I really like about the map is that you can follow the data to the source. You, as the consumer of the map, have the ability to find out just where that information came from. Click on the link at the bottom of the map to check out the database where the designer, David McCandless, a London-based author, writer and designer who has published a couple of wonderful books on data visualization, compiled his data. Go ahead, decide for yourself whether we breed the most serial killers or whether we just have have the best avenues for recording that kind of information. The point is that all data should be questioned and accepting any dataset at face value can lead to consequences…such as thinking that all we are good at is killing people instead of other wonderful things that this country has going for it, culturally, socially, or politically.

Check out some of the other visualizations that David McCandless has on his website, Information is Beautiful. They are pretty awesome. He also does a great job of providing a source for his information wherever possible which I find really refreshing. At some point, this blog will be spending a month delving into the realm of data and the interconnectivity of raw information and geography. I am sure you will be hearing more about Information is Beautiful during that unspecified month. Until then–enjoy.

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