From sports metaphors to catchy slogans, American politicians are always looking for a good way to make arcane policies more digestible to their constituents. With the proliferation of social media and Hill staffers who know how to use basic data visualization tools, charts and graphs have become the new highly sharable and dubiously substantive political propaganda tool (or propagraphics, for short).
During the 2012 presidential campaign, both Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama released infographics on the web and social media to reach voters with pretty and easy-to-digest, if rather shady, facts and figures.
But while these types of graphics may only get serious traction in election years, executive and congressional staffs are introducing similar, if more poorly designed, infographics on a regular basis in an effort to turn the tide of public interest in their favor.
We decided to look at four of our country’s political leaders,... keep reading