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The US Debt Clock [usdebtclock.org] shows how the inverse of a visualization can be as compelling and engaging, as it simply lists a huge collection of rattling statistics related to the US debt in real-time without any graphical translation. Not sure if any useful insight can be made, however.

The clock can be altered to show state-specific or country-specific debt-related statistics. Individual numbers can be clicked to reveal a more detailed explanation of the respective parameter.

See also US National Debt Clock


kind of an unreadable gop of goo

Thu 14 Apr 2011 at 2:05 AM

"Not sure if any useful insight can be made, however."

"kind of an unreadable gop of goo"

So in other words, pretty much exactly like all the other visualizations featured on this site ;)

Thu 14 Apr 2011 at 2:58 AM
Matt Chaput

Impressed that they've pulled this all together, but yeah–this defeats the entire purpose of data visualization. It overwhelms the viewer without providing any unique insight or way to act upon the information.

Fri 15 Apr 2011 at 3:43 AM
Seth Bro
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