Thursday, May 10, 2007

Fear in number form

Odd, isn't it, how the biggest popularity spikes are centred on war and death?

I mean, I know it's easy to cite the war with Eurasia as insightful commentary, but there's something... professional about a graph that just brings it home. Violence = Popularity. Fear = Rallying.


JD said...

The graph would appear to suggest that his approval rating was climbing until something happened, at which point it dropped. I would have expected to see the points slightly before the raise.

Scribe said...

The problem with the graph is that it interpolates (is that the word? i mean, it fills-in-the-in-between-bits...), giving the impression that there's a gradual/constant climb/drop between data points.

So if an event happens which immediately (and temporarily) swings the popularity, it'll still *look* like it gradually climbed/fell when plotted from the previous point.

The way they've assigned labels, it looks like a data point is the first after the specified event happened, hence a huge leap up post-9/11, followed by a series of falls.

Amusingly, it probably mirrors (on th' x-axis) the stock market graph... (minus dot com burst).