Data Viz Battleground

Data visualizations have been key to COVID-19 public messaging—but “counter-visualizations”  have been leveraged by coronavirus skeptics and anti-maskers.
 
Anti-mask groups were sharing data visualizations at least as often as other groups, a new MIT study shows. These sophisticated illustrations use official data and state-of-the-art visualization methods—using them as ammo to challenge conventional wisdom about the pandemic.
 
The Quote: “Antimaskers’ use of data literacy reflects deep-seated American values of self-reliance and anti-expertise that date back to the founding of the country, but their online activities push those values into new arenas of public life,” says co-author Graham Jones.
 
MIT News

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