goal of my project was to manipulate accurate data from a trustworthy source in
such a way to convey a trend that seems to be the exact opposite of what was
originally intended. In this case, looking at the data conventionally would
have shown an increasing global temperature, but by inverting the axis, the
same data could be used to show the opposite. I also decided to add more
distractions, such as the color gradients. Because we typically associate red
with hot and blue with cold, someone who merely glances at the graph would have
an easier time reaching the faulty conclusion. I chose this particular topic
because of its controversial nature, with many people on different sides of the
climate change debate interpreting data in different ways to yield different
results. With this project, I hope to teach viewers to carefully consider all
the specifics regarding data they are given, as well as its context.
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