Posts tagged ‘infographics’
Folks, I am neck deep in writing “stuff” this week (from my final McKinsey health care post to working with Terence on another chapter for our upcoming Ebook—yep, shameless plugs strike again!) but so many great posts and articles came through my “inbox” this week that I just have to “talk” about them. If you have some time over this long weekend, every single one of these items is worth a thorough read.
Privacy is Every Where and No Where
One of the most thoughtful posts on privacy in the digital world, courtesy of John Jordan, came out today. John’s use of real world examples to illustrate his own angst on the topic made me stop and think:
“Does it matter that a person’s political alignment, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, and zip code (a reasonable proxy for household income) are now a matter of public, searchable record? Is her identity different now that some many facets of it are transparent? Or is it a matter of Mark Zukerberg’s vision—people have one identity, and transparency is good for relationships—being implicitly shared more widely across the planet? Just today, a review of Google Plus argued that people don’t mind having one big list of “friends,” even as Facebook scored poorly on this year’s customer satisfaction index.” (more…)
Okay, I love infographics, otherwise known as information graphics and its close cousin, data visualizations. An infographic is a graphic visual representation of data or information. A data visualization is a visual representation of data (not necessarily graphical). When done well, either can crystallize a thought or idea that might take a number of textual paragraphs to explain. In other words, a picture (graphical or otherwise) is sometimes worth a thousand words.
But be careful that the “picture” does not misrepresent the words behind it. For example, an infographic on censorship seems to indicate that the U.S. and Canada has more censorship than Russia and Australia. Of course, that all depends on your definition of censorship.