This is a spectacular example of lying through statistics. (cw: gun violence)
@noelle "let's change the definition of murder. oh look! now there are fewer murders!"
@noelle ooh it's not even that!
@noelle WOW I'M GLAD I READ YOUR IMAGE DESCRIPTION BECAUSE I DIDN'T SEE IT AT ALL
@noelle holy SHIT
@noelle I'M NOT EVEN MAD I CAN'T EVEN BELIEVE THIS IS REAL
@noelle i still can't get over this oh my god
@noelle Now that's impressive.
@noelle I heard that in this case the author tried to make it look like dripping blood and didn't even notice that it made it less readable
@noelle I find this kind of lying through statistics is common on both sides of this issue which is disappointing because it makes it even murkier and more polarizing than it already is.
@noelle It's pretty heinous shit, and it's something that manages to be both obvious and very deceptive. Seeing the red above the line is odd but not necessarily a tell unless you've worked with discrete data and know the standard conventions for creating visuals.
@noelle Why would anyone invert the y-axis like that?!
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