I Don’t Mean to Get Graphic


One of the things I’ve really enjoyed about the blossom in technology is the rise in infographics. People have been using clever means of displaying information for all of time. Now, thanks to programmers after my own heart, creating easy-to-digest data displays need only take a matter of minutes.

I may be somewhat of a wonk (click here and see definition 1), but I think what I’ve brought to most of my jobs thus far is the ability to take complex policy information and break it down in ways that anyone can understand. [Thank you, Ralf and Erik, for teaching me to “dumb it down.”] While I refuse to make policy a huge part of what I do on this site, I thought this infographic about the State of the Union was timely and a great way to demonstrate how an infographic works.

 

Some of the interesting take-aways, IMHO, are that the highest volume of tweets occurred during discussion of topics that relate to young people–education and college tuition, Steve Jobs, the “spilled milk” joke. This is obviously not surprising since we are talking about Twitter reactions.

 

What did you think about the State of the Union?

 

A toast, to wonks everywhere–may we learn to sound less condescending.

“Bill Gates‘d be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger.”
~Steve Jobs 

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