World Processor

World Processor: globe-based data visualizations.
Some of these are hokey, but some are pretty cool.
There are many.

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11 Responses:

  1. dnl2ba says:

    When I visited, many were unavailable (broken image links).

  2. otterley says:

    Interestingly, on the "Mountains of Debt" visualization, the U.S. is flat. On the contrary, the U.S. is in a great deal of debt. I wonder what they mean by debt.

    • jwz says:

      I noticed that too, but I assumed that meant he made that one during the Clinton administration?

      • otterley says:

        The U.S. was still in a great deal of debt during the Clinton administration, too -- our debts really piled up during the Reagan administration, when Congress leveraged the country's assets to escape the recession caused in the 1970s partly by skyrocketing energy prices.

        In the Clinton administration, our income exceeded expenses for a time during the Internet boom years. This allowed us the possibility to repay some of our debt, but we never began a full scale effort to do so. See here, which shows that despite our best efforts, our debt increased from 1992-2000 (the Clinton years).

  3. lroberson says:

    Ripped straight out of the latest dead tree issue of Wired.

  4. gwillen says:

    I think Tufte would call that first one "chartjunk". It doesn't really convey much information -- the interesting region is all solid black ink! It does get the point across, but it's not that useful for really understanding the numbers. I'm sure they don't much care.

  5. I started noticing that it was slanted toward Germany, especially the "Germany vs. Japan" map, and then realized that the whole page is a source from Germany. Hrm.

  6. davidmccabe says:

    Damned socialists.

  7. roninspoon says:

    I'm a little disapointed that they went to the trouble to make some that were blank or with seemingly unrelated global data, but neglected to make one of the death star.

  8. badc0ffee says:

    There's some bad data in there. Canada abolished the death penalty in 1976.