Misrepresenting COVID-19: Lying With Charts During the Second Golden Age of Data Design
Technical Communication and Interactive Design
In this second golden age of data design, digital affordances enable the news media to share occasionally misleading charts about COVID-19. Examining data visualizations about COVID-19 highlights three ways that charts can mislead viewers: (a) by displaying inadequate data, (b) by manipulating scales and visual distance, and (c) by omitting contextual labels needed to fully understand a chart’s message. This article provides takeaways for technical communicators about including and displaying adequate data, representing numbers consistently, and humanizing COVID-19’s effects.
Journal of Business and Technical Communication
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Doan, Sara, "Misrepresenting COVID-19: Lying With Charts During the Second Golden Age of Data Design" (2021). Faculty Publications. 5672.