Data visualization expert Alberto Cairo joins to discuss his new book, How Charts Lie: Getting Smarter About Visual Information (Norton) in which he introduces core competencies on analyzing charts, diagrams, and infographics. He argues that, to be informed citizens, we must all be able to decode and use the visual information that politicians, journalists, and even our employers present us with every day. Considering the decoding of charts an essential new literacy in our data-driven world, he examines contemporary examples ranging from election result infographics to global GDP maps, box office record charts—and even COVID graphics—to share the positives and negatives of relaying data visually. Alberto Cairo is the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the School of Communication of the University of Miami. He has consulted with companies and institutions such as Google and the Congressional Budget Office on visualizations.
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