The State of Union speeches

The infographic from The Atlantic website which has a post on the Language of the State of the Union. It shows how American presidents use words to reflect the twists and turns of American history. The chart provides information which is very clear as it’s labelled clearly by each Presidents name, however, the scale on the chart is very big which makes it very hard to understand how many words per million some Presidents have spoken for example, Andrew Jackson has spoken in between 0 to 200 words per million, but we don’t know the exact figure. The chart may be biased towards some presidents to make them look good to the public in American history as they have been colour coded in colours red and pinks which may look more vibrant and serious.

Another infographic is from the Vox, which also extrapolates words Obama had used during his time as president. This chart is much clearer and easier to read as the scales are much smaller and easier to understand. By looking at it straight away we can understand that Obama has spoken around 7,000 words. The colour they have used on the chart is also good as it’s not too much of a bright colour which makes it hard to see writing. The chart also goes onto add comparisons to other American Presidents.

The Washington Post have an infographic of looking at the frequency of a series of selected terms grouped into 7 topics. The data is very hard to understand as the colours red and blue both overlap at times in the data, this makes it hard for people to easily read the data. A good thing about it is that if you move around the data there is information explaining parts of the data to help people have a deeper understanding. This data has got good scales and topics are separated which is good and clear. However, it’s not the best type of infographic to use as it can be quite confusing and hard to extrapolate.

All infographics differ in approaching the data types used, they all have good things to them and bad as they can all be confusing but using good scales and colours makes it easier to understand the infographics.