How Intentions Changed How People Read the Same Map (The Process #60)

October 10, 2019

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Visualization has a way of making things feel more concrete and definite. “The shapes and colors are backed by data and I can see it all with my own eyes!” But as we continue to see, data can say a lot of things, even if it’s the same dataset. Even the same visualization can say different things to different people.

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