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2014-04-17 08:37:06 PM  
10 votes:

Confabulat: WI241TH: It really has no business being labeled "the worst infographic of the year,"  in fact, I'm more offended by that title than the actual infographic.

Do you work for NBC News? Cause, yes. It is. Show me one worse. I dare you.


Have you not seen this one yet?
static2.businessinsider.com
2014-04-17 08:28:19 PM  
8 votes:
It could have been like this:

img.fark.net
/not really well thought out
//aisle seat please
///slashies
2014-04-17 08:55:47 PM  
4 votes:
exitcreative.net
2014-04-17 07:18:28 PM  
4 votes:
Looks fine to me.
2014-04-17 09:04:29 PM  
3 votes:

RobertBruce: Not confusing at all. Wtf?


Oh? What percentage of Americans were of Asian heritage in 1970?
2014-04-17 08:30:06 PM  
3 votes:

InterruptingQuirk: It could have been like this:

[img.fark.net image 620x623]
/not really well thought out
//aisle seat please
///slashies


You clearly spent more time on that than the NBC intern that made up that real graph.
2014-04-17 10:19:47 PM  
2 votes:

Olo Manolo: Racially insensitive, eh? Anybody care to explain how somebody got their poor little feels in a knot from this?


Other than them possibly going for a joke about Asians being confined to Maine, I don't get the racist angle either.  I mean, it's a terrible graph, but I'm not seeing racism in it.

TheOther: Dammit, I thought that said 70% 'Back Pain' rather than Huckabee or Romney...that would have been funnier than Palin.


That was my first thought too...

Speaking of bad graphs though I remember the graph that at first glance seems to show a 14 foot tall house cat "for scale."  It actually doesn't, but if you have to study the graph that hard, it could stand some improvement.

i.imgur.com
2014-04-17 09:49:13 PM  
2 votes:
The Asians did vanish in the 70s, according to the graph, which is due to the outline of the US not extending high enough.

So it's a bit of a joke there, eh?

In any case, it is not just about poor choice, it is about that fact that the graph does not show all the data.

The maker of that graphic will inevitably go into climatology.
2014-04-17 09:26:03 PM  
2 votes:
upload.wikimedia.org
2014-04-17 09:00:02 PM  
2 votes:

God Is My Co-Pirate: WI241TH: Confabulat: WI241TH: It really has no business being labeled "the worst infographic of the year,"  in fact, I'm more offended by that title than the actual infographic.

Do you work for NBC News? Cause, yes. It is. Show me one worse. I dare you.

Have you not seen this one yet?
[static2.businessinsider.com image 302x378]

Oh my god.  For shame.


In the maker's defense, he/she said that the intent was to evoke the following graphic which, as a histogram, makes the point much more clearly than a line graph.

www.visualisingdata.com
2014-04-17 08:50:57 PM  
2 votes:
Maybe I've had too many beers tonight, but if people can't figure out this graphic, then the country may as well commit suicide because the apes have already overtaken us in average intelligence.
2014-04-17 08:50:49 PM  
2 votes:
blogs-images.forbes.com
2014-04-17 08:49:25 PM  
2 votes:
Racially insensitive, eh? Anybody care to explain how somebody got their poor little feels in a knot from this?
2014-04-17 08:06:48 PM  
2 votes:

Confabulat: fusillade762: For starters, there appears to be a wormhole stretching across the country that allows residents of California in 1960 to visit New York City in the year 2060.

What, the blue band? It doesn't even touch California. I guess it's not surprising someone who doesn't know the difference between California and Oregon/Washington would be confused by that graph.

What part of that graph is not confusing?


It's pretty obvious (at least to me) what they're trying to convey; it just looks like shiat.  It really has no business being labeled "the worst infographic of the year,"  in fact, I'm more offended by that title than the actual infographic.
2014-04-17 07:51:31 PM  
2 votes:

fusillade762: For starters, there appears to be a wormhole stretching across the country that allows residents of California in 1960 to visit New York City in the year 2060.

What, the blue band? It doesn't even touch California. I guess it's not surprising someone who doesn't know the difference between California and Oregon/Washington would be confused by that graph.


What part of that graph is not confusing?
2014-04-17 07:48:56 PM  
2 votes:
For starters, there appears to be a wormhole stretching across the country that allows residents of California in 1960 to visit New York City in the year 2060.

What, the blue band? It doesn't even touch California. I guess it's not surprising someone who doesn't know the difference between California and Oregon/Washington would be confused by that graph.
2014-04-18 12:13:27 PM  
1 votes:

Even reverse cowgirls get the blues: [img.fark.net image 500x404]


img.fark.net

/corrected to reflect FARK's demographics
2014-04-18 12:07:13 PM  
1 votes:
img.fark.net
2014-04-18 10:40:26 AM  
1 votes:

Ilmarinen: iron de havilland: MadSkillz: rugman11: Confabulat: Nick Nostril: Maybe I've had too many beers tonight, but if people can't figure out this graphic, then the country may as well commit suicide because the apes have already overtaken us in average intelligence.

If you think that's a decent graph, you need to lay off the beer and head onto vodka, cause there's no hope for you.

It's not a decent graph, but it's understandable.  And for the audience its intended, it gets the point across: Since 1960, the percentage of white Americans has decreased and the decline will only continue over the next 50 years, with most of that increase coming from Hispanic-Americans.

Technically Hispanic isn't a race. It's a mix of white and Asian or in some cases all Asian or a mix of white and Asian and black depending on the country.

Forgetting Spain, Portugal and the Americas?

Plenty of Hispanics there with no Asian ethnicity.

I think he meant Native Americans. Those are of Asian descent, they're not called "Indians" for nothing!


I thought they were called Indians because it took a while for Columbus to figure out that he hadn't landed in India?
2014-04-18 10:22:40 AM  
1 votes:
By 2060, most "Hispanics" other than some really dark-skinned people will be considered "white," just as Italians are now (they weren't in 1915), and most of them won't speak any Spanish. So confusing graph is not only poorly designed; it's meaningless.
2014-04-18 03:00:00 AM  
1 votes:
www.volacci.com
2014-04-18 12:31:58 AM  
1 votes:

WI241TH: Confabulat: WI241TH: It really has no business being labeled "the worst infographic of the year,"  in fact, I'm more offended by that title than the actual infographic.

Do you work for NBC News? Cause, yes. It is. Show me one worse. I dare you.

Have you not seen this one yet?


31.media.tumblr.com
2014-04-18 12:27:14 AM  
1 votes:

Pumpernickel bread: Looked clear enough to me. Replace the U.S. background with standard figure format and it looks just like any other graph showing changes in percentages over time.


So, you mean: fix it and it's fine.

Yeah. Thanks.
2014-04-17 11:48:54 PM  
1 votes:

log_jammin: if you couldn't understand that graph, you're a farking moron.


I've got news for you. That graph has nothing to do with it. So there.
2014-04-17 11:22:44 PM  
1 votes:
And, apparently, in the future, all Asian-Americans will be confined to a tiny strip of land in northern Maine.

...in accordance with the prophecy.

No, but seriously, it's merely bad--not awful, not "racially insensitive," not indecipherable. And hey, we all learned something we'd have ignored if we hadn't had to stop and figure out what the fark that chart was trying to say.
2014-04-17 11:15:17 PM  
1 votes:
USA Today will always reign supreme this category

img.fark.net
2014-04-17 11:05:31 PM  
1 votes:

Abner Doon: Err, are you sure it's not showing a 14 foot tall cat?  I don't get what other interpretation there is; I just assumed someone mixed up feet and inches in the cat scale.


That's what most reasonable people would see at first glance, and is why it's a bad graph.

The trick is to notice that the surface the cat is sitting ON is labelled as 13 feet 6 inches. The bottom of the graph (the dotted line) is the top of the truck.

It would maybe help a bit if the line continued under the cat, but probably not enough.  Because yeah. That totally looks like a 14 foot tall cat, particularly given the placement of other text nearby.
2014-04-17 09:50:36 PM  
1 votes:

Zulu_as_Kono: Killer Cars: Teufelaffe: I get that it's a poorly designed graph, but I'm failing to see what's "racially insensitive" about it.


I think Gawker, and any of their satellite/offshoot/whatever-you-call-them sites have a daily quota of submissions that invoke progressive outrage.

Seriously, are some of you people functionally retarded?

Bad graphics are "racially insensitive" and fuel progressive outrage?  Or are you saying Asians and liberals have more highly refined aesthetic sensibilities when it comes to visualized data?


The headline of TFA is "NBC News Creates A Racially Insensitive, Time-Traveling Map of America".

Although of all the things in TFA for one to obsess over, that seems like an odd choice.
2014-04-17 09:18:02 PM  
1 votes:

Confabulat: WI241TH: It really has no business being labeled "the worst infographic of the year,"  in fact, I'm more offended by that title than the actual infographic.

Do you work for NBC News? Cause, yes. It is. Show me one worse. I dare you.


s3.amazonaws.com
2014-04-17 09:10:41 PM  
1 votes:

SquiggsIN: I've tried seeing where this is offensive and i'm just not seeing it.


No one is offended. It's just very poorly executed and doesn't clearly show the data it's supposed to show.
2014-04-17 09:09:16 PM  
1 votes:

Smeggy Smurf: I see nothing wrong with it but then I'm not looking to be offended.  It must suck always looking for something to offend you.  It's like being a religious fundie finding sinners everywhere and screaming about it.  No, at least the fundies can claim mental illness.


I'm not convinced you know what the word "offended" means.
2014-04-17 09:04:49 PM  
1 votes:

rugman11: It's not a decent graph, but it's understandable. And for the audience its intended, it gets the point across:


Three generic pie charts would have made the point even better, I would think, to anyone with a functioning brain. "zomg the 'white' slice is getting smaller!!!one"

I get annoyed with the attempt to integrate maps/images of the United States when otherwise very broad demographic data (with no geographic specificity) is presented. This is one of the uglier ones, but I see similar crap to this all the time.
2014-04-17 08:59:32 PM  
1 votes:
Looked clear enough to me. Replace the U.S. background with standard figure format and it looks just like any other graph showing changes in percentages over time.
2014-04-17 08:59:18 PM  
1 votes:
2.bp.blogspot.com

I don't know what everyone's problem is, it's very informative with a lot of takeaways. By 2060 Florida will be 100% crazy, Asians will once again be close to the coast (and you know how good their sushi is), Manhattan will be renamed La Isla De Pendejos, and Delaware will be like that music video California Love.
2014-04-17 08:57:58 PM  
1 votes:
Oh, I wouldn't call it the worst. The Washington Post one from the other day was worse because it was outright deceptive. This one simply looks inept. It's also worth pointing out that the graph distributed by Pew is also not well designed and therefore doesn't provide a good basis for this chart.
2014-04-17 08:57:45 PM  
1 votes:

Confabulat: Nick Nostril: Maybe I've had too many beers tonight, but if people can't figure out this graphic, then the country may as well commit suicide because the apes have already overtaken us in average intelligence.

If you think that's a decent graph, you need to lay off the beer and head onto vodka, cause there's no hope for you.


It's not a decent graph, but it's understandable.  And for the audience its intended, it gets the point across: Since 1960, the percentage of white Americans has decreased and the decline will only continue over the next 50 years, with most of that increase coming from Hispanic-Americans.
2014-04-17 08:57:36 PM  
1 votes:
images.vizworld.com
2014-04-17 08:52:22 PM  
1 votes:

Nick Nostril: Maybe I've had too many beers tonight, but if people can't figure out this graphic, then the country may as well commit suicide because the apes have already overtaken us in average intelligence.


If you think that's a decent graph, you need to lay off the beer and head onto vodka, cause there's no hope for you.
2014-04-17 08:47:53 PM  
1 votes:

WI241TH: Confabulat: WI241TH: It really has no business being labeled "the worst infographic of the year,"  in fact, I'm more offended by that title than the actual infographic.

Do you work for NBC News? Cause, yes. It is. Show me one worse. I dare you.

Have you not seen this one yet?


Holy. farking. shiat.
2014-04-17 08:46:18 PM  
1 votes:

WI241TH: Confabulat: WI241TH: It really has no business being labeled "the worst infographic of the year,"  in fact, I'm more offended by that title than the actual infographic.

Do you work for NBC News? Cause, yes. It is. Show me one worse. I dare you.

Have you not seen this one yet?
[static2.businessinsider.com image 302x378]


2014? Cause otherwise that one could win.
2014-04-17 08:24:56 PM  
1 votes:

WI241TH: It really has no business being labeled "the worst infographic of the year,"  in fact, I'm more offended by that title than the actual infographic.


Do you work for NBC News? Cause, yes. It is. Show me one worse. I dare you.
2014-04-17 08:16:56 PM  
1 votes:
mr_a:
And what happened to all the Asians in 1970?

We're not allowed to talk about that.  Let's just say that the soup was delicious.
2014-04-17 08:05:36 PM  
1 votes:

Confabulat: See, the concept of an infographic is to helpfully spell out statistics in a visual format, which of course is easily abused (Y-coordinate skewing, etc.)

This is the opposite of that. You actually have to stare at it for a few minutes to even begin to convey what it's trying to explain.


I'll admit if they hadn't explained it I probably would have given up without understanding the US map.  The original graph made perfect sense, though.
2014-04-17 07:53:59 PM  
1 votes:
Not confusing at all. Wtf?
2014-04-17 07:53:31 PM  
1 votes:
It needs Wolf Blitzer standing in front of a 3D version of it

And what happened to all the Asians in 1970?
2014-04-17 07:53:24 PM  
1 votes:
See, the concept of an infographic is to helpfully spell out statistics in a visual format, which of course is easily abused (Y-coordinate skewing, etc.)

This is the opposite of that. You actually have to stare at it for a few minutes to even begin to convey what it's trying to explain.
2014-04-17 07:24:54 PM  
1 votes:
NBC News, you're no Fox News.
2014-04-17 06:34:35 PM  
1 votes:
Urk.
 
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