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Infographic of the Day: Reality Check

Berlin-based artist Susanna Hertrich designed this graph as part of an interactive installation meant to question the difference between the likelihood of real harm and hysterical public outrage.

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Sociological Images has an in-depth discussion of Hertrich’s rubric for delineating between real causes for worry and false threats. Her approximation is largely accurate (bird, or swine, flu makes for a gruesome health scandal and gun violence is usually overblown with media coverage of several isolated cases), but I’m not sure that fretting about a reduced stock portfolio has been a case of exaggerated concern since Fall 2008.

Below, images from Hertrich’s original installation. For more information on the artist, visit her website.

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Found on Chart Porn.

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