Washington Post Goes High Tech, Atari 2600 Style

I was reading a Washington Post article about the crazy number of police shootings in the US so far this year. It’s a good article, but I kept getting distracted by the groovy high tech graphics that Washington Post is using nowadays. Check this one out:

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Screen Grab from May 30, 2015 Washington Post article. Some award-winning shit right here!

Anyone else have flashbacks to the 1980’s on seeing this dazzling graphic? Here is a screen grab from the Raiders of the Lost Ark game for the Atari 2600:

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Raiders of the Lost Ark video game on the Atari 2600 (1982). The movie on which this video game is based is this many pixels old.

Used appropriately, graphics can greatly improve an audience’s comprehension of raw data. A picture is more likely to be understood and remembered than a number in a table of numbers. Used inappropriately, graphics only serve to confuse, as it the case here in my opinion.

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