OK

This is only a Preview!

You must Publish this diary to make this visible to the public,
or click 'Edit Diary' to make further changes first.

Posting a Diary Entry

Daily Kos welcomes blog articles from readers, known as diaries. The Intro section to a diary should be about three paragraphs long, and is required. The body section is optional, as is the poll, which can have 1 to 15 choices. Descriptive tags are also required to help others find your diary by subject; please don't use "cute" tags.

When you're ready, scroll down below the tags and click Save & Preview. You can edit your diary after it's published by clicking Edit Diary. Polls cannot be edited once they are published.

If this is your first time creating a Diary since the Ajax upgrade, before you enter any text below, please press Ctrl-F5 and then hold down the Shift Key and press your browser's Reload button to refresh its cache with the new script files.

ATTENTION: READ THE RULES.

  1. One diary daily maximum.
  2. Substantive diaries only. If you don't have at least three solid, original paragraphs, you should probably post a comment in an Open Thread.
  3. No repetitive diaries. Take a moment to ensure your topic hasn't been blogged (you can search for Stories and Diaries that already cover this topic), though fresh original analysis is always welcome.
  4. Use the "Body" textbox if your diary entry is longer than three paragraphs.
  5. Any images in your posts must be hosted by an approved image hosting service (one of: imageshack.us, photobucket.com, flickr.com, smugmug.com, allyoucanupload.com, picturetrail.com, mac.com, webshots.com, editgrid.com).
  6. Copying and pasting entire copyrighted works is prohibited. If you do quote something, keep it brief, always provide a link to the original source, and use the <blockquote> tags to clearly identify the quoted material. Violating this rule is grounds for immediate banning.
  7. Be civil. Do not "call out" other users by name in diary titles. Do not use profanity in diary titles. Don't write diaries whose main purpose is to deliberately inflame.
For the complete list of DailyKos diary guidelines, please click here.

Please begin with an informative title:

Ever notice how red the country looks even after a veritable drubbing like the one we inflicted on the right wing this year?

Well, there is a way to fix all that. (Now that America's wang has finally announced its election results.)

Instead of the normal maps that show 49 states proportionate in terms of geography,

dfdcca20a893c3894aea6654bc4b4e52

we can show those results using population as the metric instead.

popvote-cart-2012

Rocks, dirt and cattle do not vote.

We can correct for this by making use of a cartogram, a map in which the sizes of states are rescaled according to their population. That is, states are drawn with size proportional not to their acreage but to the number of their inhabitants, states with more people appearing larger than states with fewer, regardless of their actual area on the ground. On such a map, for example, the state of Rhode Island, with its 1.1 million inhabitants, would appear about twice the size of Wyoming, which has half a million, even though Wyoming has 60 times the acreage of Rhode Island.
These maps are not only super cool to look at; they more accurately show that the country is not a "center right nation" as the Trad Med loves to claim, but a very left leaning nation. The blue and purple overwhelms the red in every such map you find.

More cool visuals below the divider doodle.

Intro

You must enter an Intro for your Diary Entry between 300 and 1150 characters long (that's approximately 50-175 words without any html or formatting markup).

This one labels each state with its number of EVs:

electoral.college.map.2012_11.6.final

This one uses squares:

2012_Electoral_Vote-Cartogram

Here is one that shrinks Alaska from its actual size to the relevance it imposes on our elections. Are you listening & learning, Sarah?

USElectionMapcartogram2012

And finally, one that shows election SPENDING by state. Did you know this was a $6 BILLION election?

bbstates

(I believe this is from 2008, but data from this year is similar to that election cycle.)

           

It may seem less than useful on some levels. But you may be amazed by the power of visuals to get people to begin to see things differently. Big Bird and the gang were a big topic during this election. Remember that Sesame Street song?

"That's about the size of it."

So when it comes to national politics, Rhode Island is 80 times larger than Wyoming as it appears on a normal map.

Pass it on.

Resources used:
http://frontloading.blogspot.com/
http://chartporn.org/
http://www.viewsoftheworld.net/
http://daggle.com/...

The best of these sites is this one:
http://www-personal.umich.edu/...

by Mark Newman, Department of Physics and Center for the Study of Complex Systems, University of Michigan

(Images used with permission)

Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 12:46 PM PT: Thank you to the rescue rangers. I do kinda miss the old "Diary Rescue" format so I knew who specifically to mention.

Nevertheless, we do appreciate your tireless efforts to bring obscure posts more eyeballs, anonymous or otherwise.


Extended (Optional)

Originally posted to The Laughing Planet on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 05:05 PM PST.

Also republished by SFKossacks, Community Spotlight, and Daily Kos.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.