This spiralized chart by Gus Wezerek and Sara Chodosh for NYT Opinion has sparked discussions on what it means to communicate data. A lot of people don’t like it. I’m gathering my thoughts, but I think it’s fine for two main reasons: (1) it’s a lead-in to an opinion piece and (2) it’s not trying to replace the straight-up linear views that we’ve grown uncomfortably familiar with over two-plus years.
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How Much Americans Make
Median income only tells you where the middle is. The distributions of income are a lot more interesting.
When People Find a New Job
Looking at the 100 most common jobs people switched to, a timeline comes into view when we adjust the relative switch rates by age.
How Much Alcohol Americans Drink
Most people have one or two drinks on average, but some consume much more.