Thursday, September 19, 2019

Why Sharpiegate matters: It's not just about the graphics

I've just published another article in Nightingale, the online magazine of the Data Visualization Society. It's titled 'The Day I Thought I Misled the President of the United States: A Visualization Tragicomedy'.

The article deals with my reaction to 'Sharpiegate', and what I think it tells us about visualizations and the importance of protecting the integrity of truth-telling institutions that are supposed to be neutral, such as the Census Bureau or the National Weather Service. In the piece I recommend Michael Lewis's book The Fifth Risk. It's a must-read nowadays.