An #auspol allegory

Once upon a time there was a town with only two shops, "Scott’s Supermarket" & "Bill’s Supermarket". Both shops sold common everyday items, but due to their intense competitive rivalry, they agreed, and insisted, on a very bizarre commercial agreement - every three years all the people in the town must choose one, and ONLY … Continue reading An #auspol allegory

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Proportional Misrepresentation

IOTCYM Chart Representation Data Source: Essential Media

There are three kinds of lies; white lies, damned lies and statistics. - Mark Twain A recent Guardian article, deriving from an Essential Media poll around Australian's feelings towards Christmas, is an example of how statistics can be twisted or misrepresented to prove any point one cares to prove. In this case, it's a phenomenon we can … Continue reading Proportional Misrepresentation

Compress to impress

Compress to impress

Increasingly on social media, we compress our message into the most condensed format possible. Maximising the limited resource of our reader’s attention, we try to get the maximum impact for minimum investment of their attention. But what consequences come of compressed information? Ths sntnc hs bn cmprssd by rmvng th vwls - This sentence has … Continue reading Compress to impress