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2/19/18

The way biased media play with Y-axes on charts

On flicking through The Guardian UK this morning I came across yet another one of those "The Death Of Cash" articles, with its cause furthered by this scary looking chart in mid-article:



Wooo! Spooky, huh? Look at that peak! Look at it drop! It must signal the end of the world or someth.....oh wait, what's that Y-axis look like? Aha, so if we take the data displayed in that Guardian chart, open up trusty old Excel and put it into its true context...


...yup, it's media bullshit once again. In the name of the good and benign deities looking down upon us all, how I hate this BS trickery. And by the way, the chances of South America going cashless in the next 50 years or so are zero, but that's another story.