Everything we do sends a signal about who we are, and what we value. Nowhere is that more evident, or more neglected, than in education. My son has his final year 12 exams today. Every step of the process has made me angrier and angrier about the ways in which we try to ensure "objectivity", and wind up causing immense distress, and entrenching disadvantage in the system.
We have put up with far too much for far too long. And it's not up to users to demand better. It's up to the tech industry to change its priorities. To have some pride, but also to have some shame. This level of hubristic complacence is catastrophic in the long term.
It's easy to give in to despair - I admit, I've done at times that with The Voice. I've been so appalled, and at times actually frightened, by the lies and the vitriol that I've given up, bowed my head, and accepted defeat. But truth is not breakable. It does not decay. It can't be destroyed. It's up to us, as citizens of the world, to keep teaching. To tackle the lies, to take down the misinformation.
Graphs are fabulous tools for helping understand your own data, and for telling the story of your data to others. Unfortunately, like any means of communication, graphs can be used to tell stories that are... well... closer to fiction than we'd like.
Imagine if there was a disease that became endemic. A virus that was unavoidable, that everyone gets, over and over. And imagine if that virus, if it didn't prove fatal, stole just a little every time. A bit of energy here. A bit of immune function there. A bit of cognitive function somewhere else. Imagine what the impact of that might be on society, on workplaces, on people. Then look around you. What do you see? Do you see a new level of struggle? Of systems, and people, cracking under the strain?