Truly Unfortunate Representations of Data: Campus violence

What, exactly, does the graphic contribute here? How is it more informative than a well-displayed table of data would be? Is there anything here besides shock value?

Very bad, though flashy, graphic representing numbers of violent crimes of various kinds on college campuses in the US.

Really? Is the bloody chain saw necessary? Click the image to see the full original-this is the tip of the iceberg.

Note, too, the complete lack of context. “University Crime Statistics Visualized”. Are these for a university? US universities? Are we counting 4-year colleges, too? What about 2-year colleges? So these are for 2008…how do they compare to previous numbers? Is this good news or bad news?

I subscribed to Minnesota Public Radio‘s On Campus blog this week. Is this the level of discourse I am to expect?


3 responses to “Truly Unfortunate Representations of Data: Campus violence

  1. Agreed. I don’t get the point. It reads like a bad attempt at dark humor until you get to the section detailing campus shootings.

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