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a series of graphical representations in poster format that depict several issues of globalization, including global arms trade, tobacco trade, government salaries & professions, transportation, water distribution, the movie business, & the global presence of Starbucks coffee shops & McDonald's restaurants.
see also gapminder & state of the planet.
[princeton.edu|thnkx Miguel & Regine & Ryan]

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It's sad that they use two dimensional bar charts to make their points. Tufte would be very disappointed. The bullets and red human outlines in the first graph, for example, do not have areas that are in proportion to their value, but in proportion to the square, which furthers their view dishonestly.

Thu 07 Sep 2006 at 8:01 PM

I agree, and worse than the two-dimensional bar charts are the three-dimensional ones. In the Starbucks graphic, for example, using green cylinders to pretty up the chart exaggerates the number of Starbucks stores in 2003 by a factor of about 4 million, which is a pretty staggering level of misrepresentation.

(Cylinder height = 6200 stores, cylinder width = 2250 stores, so the cylinder volume = about 24.65 billion stores)

Sat 09 Sep 2006 at 5:25 AM
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