A fascinating, eye opening, and slightly horrifying chat with Dr Cameron Murray, Research Fellow in the Henry Halloran Trust at the University of Sydney, and author of Rigged: How networks of powerful mates rip off everyday Australians.
“The first thing I think [about graphs] is: what story am I supposed to believe when I see this? What are they trying to make me think? And then immediately, once you understand ‘oh they want me to think that it’s really big, or it’s going down really quick, this pattern is abnormal…’ then I immediately think ‘what other stories also fit that data?'”
“At the end of the day you can persuade people with data that there’s a better way to view the world.”
“Rather than shying away from the storytelling, the use of data to reveal something about the world that’s hard to see, it can be quite powerful.”