On Friday, I'm attending and speaking at the Leaders in Software and Art Conference, organized by Isabel Draves. LISA is an amazing gathering of artists interested in technology and software. For example, there is a panel on 3D printing and hardware hacking, and one on "creative coding, art and advertising". Check out videos from past years, and click here to register. My talk is at around 3:30 in a tightly packed day of activities.
Andrew Sullivan highlighted a chart showing the public attitude toward climate change globally:
This conclusion may be correct but the chart is less convincing than it appears.
Let's pull out the Junk Charts Trifecta Checkup. Recall that there are three sides to the triangle. The question is well-posed, and the bar chart is an adequate choice for this data. We thank the designer for not printing the entire data set on the tight space, and to start the vertical axis at zero.
There are a few improvements one can still make to the bar chart. Start with turning it around so that the reader doesn't have to turn his/her head around. Also, extend the axis to 100% helps the interpretation a little bit.
If you have keen eyes, you notice that Greece showed up at the top of the revamped chart. The bar for Korea is also a tad too short in the original chart; it should be at 85%.
To what extent is the set of countries "global"? Take a look:
It missed all of Scandanavia, most of Indochina, India, much of Africa, and all of Central America.
In the Trifecta checkup, we note that the data may not be complete for the posed question. Given this flaw, the map is perhaps a better choice to show us where the holes are.