Infographics

The first interesting infographic I found was “ Words Waiting to be Added to the Oxford English Dictionary”; it can be found here: http://www.dailyinfographic.com/words-waiting-to-be-added-to-the-oxford-english-dictionary-infographic

This infographic was pretty hard to read at times, mostly because of overlapping or upside down word. I’m not sure who thought either was a good idea. I also could not find any definitive source, although the author of the description following the infographic mentions she found it on Wired’s website. *If* the information depicted in this infographic is true, then I would have thought that some researcher would have taken credit for finding out when each of these words were first used; alas I shall never know. This information is not really relevant to much, it was just interesting to see what words were omitted from the dictionary.

In October 2013 the US government shut down for bout 2 weeks. This infographic from ABC News let people know about what exactly was effected by this political mishap: http://abcnews.go.com/General/fullpage/government-shutdown-2013-interactive-infographic-20430844

I enjoyed this infographic for both its simplicity and ingenuity. The design is basically a grid with each of the squares explaining a service to be effected by the government shutdown, but when you hover your mouse over each of these facts, you are informed of something that will not be shut down. For example, the National Zoo was closed during the government shutdown, yet upon mouse-over you are informed that the workers would still be feeding the animals. Since ABC News is a national news corporation I was not expressly concerned with the lack of sources. Since the government shutdown effected the whole United States, this infographic was quite relevant at the time of its publishing.

My favorite infographic that I’ve come across is “The Logical Fallacies Collection: 30 Ways to Loose an Argument”: http://lifehacker.com/the-30-most-common-ways-you-can-lose-an-argument-1683823576

This infographic explains 30 logical fallacies with a description and an example. While I’ve had to learn about logic fallacies in communication classes, this was by far the easiest way to understand all of these fallacies. There is no source given for this information, yet I do not believe one is particularly needed since this information can be found freely in a great number of publications. As logical fallacies detract from the validity of an argument, in order to effectively communicate it is important to have a basic understanding of what not to do.

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