Towards a Theory of Bullshit Visualization


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.

Michael Correll
Publication Date: 
Sunday, October 24, 2021
Publication Information: 
IEEE VIS 2021 alt.VIS workshop (to appear)