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Misuse and Abuse of Graphs & Charts. Glen Whitman Dept. of Economics CSUN. Beware of Pictograms: America’s Expanding Waistline. Source: Women’s Health , May 2006. Beware of Pictograms: The Dominance of McDonald’s. Source: http://www.princeton.edu/~ina/infographics/starbucks.html.

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misuse and abuse of graphs charts

Misuse and Abuseof Graphs & Charts

Glen Whitman

Dept. of Economics

CSUN

beware of pictograms the dominance of mcdonald s
Beware of Pictograms:The Dominance of McDonald’s

Source: http://www.princeton.edu/~ina/infographics/starbucks.html

beware of pictograms the growth of starbucks
Beware of Pictograms:The Growth of Starbucks

Source: http://www.princeton.edu/~ina/infographics/starbucks.html

slicing up pie charts rampant illegal downloading
Slicing Up Pie Charts:Rampant Illegal Downloading?

1% slice = Estimated capacity of all

iPod capacity filled by

iTunes songs

99% slice = Estimated capacity of all

iPod capacity not filled by

iTunes songs

Source: Wired, May 2006

slicing up pie charts world oil reserves
Slicing Up Pie Charts:World Oil Reserves

Source: Business Week,

May 15, 2006

slicing up pie charts compared to what
Slicing Up Pie Charts:Compared to What?

Source: http://www.samefacts.com/archives/_/2006/06/pita_for_the_second_gilded_age.php

and http://agoraphilia.blogspot.com/2006/07/slicing-up-tax-pie.html

pay attention to the scale are csun professors underpaid
Pay Attention to the Scale:Are CSUN Professors Underpaid?

Source: A flyer I found in the faculty mailroom

pay attention to the scale changing marital norms
Pay Attention to the Scale:Changing Marital Norms

Source: Business Week, October 20, 2003

pay attention to scale weight loss products
Pay Attention to Scale:Weight Loss Products

Source: unknown magazine; same data displayed at

http://www.hydroxycut.com/MEN/PRODUCT_FACTS/HYD_24/index.shtml

meaningless line graphs
Meaningless Line Graphs

Source: Unknown, found in faculty mailroom