Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Here's One I Actually Like

Now that I have determined to blog about my frustration with bad charts in the news media, I don't seem to come across any bad enough to blog about. I don't want to actually go looking for bad ones, that seems a little too grumpy even for me.

In Saturday's New York Times, I came across a chart that I actually like. I won't speak to the methodology of gathering and interpreting the underlying data that was used to create the chart. (I have no idea whether it was good or not.) But this chart does exactly what a chart is supposed to do. It clearly communicates its point with a minimum of explanation. It speaks for itself.