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How Charts Lie: Getting Smarter about Visual Information

How Charts Lie: Getting Smarter about Visual Information (Hardback)

By Cairo, Alberto

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We've all heard that a picture is worth a thousand words, but what if we don't understand what we're looking at? Social media has made charts, infographics, and diagrams ubiquitous--and easier to share than ever. While such visualizations can better inform us, they can also decei...ve by displaying incomplete or inaccurate data, suggesting misleading patterns-- or simply misinform us by being poorly designed, such as the confusing eye of the storm maps shown on TV every hurricane season. Many of us are ill equipped to interpret the visuals that politicians, journalists, advertisers, and even employers present each day, enabling bad actors to easily manipulate visuals to promote their own agendas. Public conversations are increasingly driven by numbers, and to make sense of them we must be able to decode and use visual information. By examining contemporary examples ranging from election-result infographics to global GDP maps and box-office record charts, How Charts Lie teaches us how to do just that.
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ISBN 9781324001560
Released NZ 5 Nov 2019
Publisher WW Norton & Co
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781324001560
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher WW Norton & Co
Imprint WW Norton & Co
Released 5 Nov 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Cairo, Alberto
Category Media Studies
Economic Statistics
Probability & Statistics
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 163mm
Height: 244mm
Spine: 23mm
Dewey Code 330.015195
Weight 484g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Visual communication, Information visualization, Charts, diagrams, etc
NBS Text Popular Culture & Media: General Interest
ONIX Text General/trade