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Towards a Theory of Bullshit Visualization

  title={Towards a Theory of Bullshit Visualization},
  author={Michael Correll},
  • M. Correll
  • Published 23 September 2021
  • Computer Science
  • ArXiv
In this unhinged rant, I lay out my suspicion that a lot of visualizations are bullshit: charts that do not have even the common decency to intentionally lie but are totally unconcerned about the state of the world or any practical utility. I suspect that bullshit charts take up a large fraction of the time and attention of actual visualization producers and consumers, and yet are seemingly absent from academic research into visualization design. 

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