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The use of informational graphics is widespread in Web writing--especially commentary. What better way to make your point, and have that
point go viral, than to put it into a colorful chart? That reasoning has led many people to churn out a huge variety of such graphics.
But Phil Gyford
thinks the infographics craze has finally gone too far. (That could certainly help explain
this collection of 17
infographics on Obama's health care plan
.) Gyford has assembled a a
cutting critique of lazy infographics using--what else?--an infographic
to make his point. Here's the first part of his graphic. Click through
for the whole thing.
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