Why Maps Are So Lovely

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Tweeting, visualized by mobile platform

A good map seems to clarify a morass of confusing data, covering a bundle of indecipherable statistics in a simply, shiny wrap. They’re oh so addictive. In a glance, you are edified…

In the same way that a good TED talk teases you into the illusion of knowledge, but you don’t actually know much afterwards, well-crafted maps sparkle and beg for attention and retweeting (the best verb I know for “to spread something virally”). But oh how I adore them! The trick is to dig a bit deeper, so that you can actually converse and discuss.

The Wall Street Journal’s invaluable investigation into website/advertiser tracking

The Wall Street Journal has taken a series of stories with a rather ho-hum elevator pitch (let’s expose the dirt on website cookies and advertising technology) and made the topic completely engrossing with some spectacular Flash infographics (HTML5, can you do that?). There’s a great radio interview with the editor of the series, Julia Angwin, if text and infographics aren’t your cup of tea.