26 August 2014

Using maps for tough issues

FiveThirtyEight blog found itself turning to maps to explain some elements of the Michael Brown shooting and public response. With tough issues, like race and income, the maps tell a more complete and nuanced story than the statistics that 538 is so famous for. I think that in situations like these, they feel more true than simple numbers. But, just as importantly, as many readers are still trying to understand the basic landscape of the area, they provide a richer context.

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