Here's a six and a half minutes long brilliant lesson in data visualization.Wealth Inequality in America
Lessons (just focusing on data):
1. The use of Think, Ideal and Actual is a brilliant communication device. It is so rare that Think matches Reality. In your job, every day, think of how to bring that view forward.
2. Simplifying the story to 100 people and then distributing income works really well. The overlaying of the line for Think and Ideal as the graph shows Reality is clever.
3. The finger looks retro and odd, but it really does work here. As the video moves, it drags your attention to the most important areas.
4. The pace is very very well done. The voice, to me, seems calm and rationale, even as the author is clearly editorializing (nothing wrong with that).
Small critique: At min 4:20
and beyond I'm not sure that moving the bars off the top and to the side really works. It understates how much wealth the 1% have.
Statement: I do believe that anyone in the world should be as rich as they work hard for. The rich should not have fancy tax breaks and loopholes etc. Anyone who works hard should be as rich as they get, even if the gray graph looks as shocking as it does at min 6:06
I also believe that there is progress to be made to ensure the system is a bit fairer. Not in wealth re-distribution, but in fairer opportunity distribution and in fairer tax/financial incentives/loopholes for all