The English Ones

Musings #2 Data viz & why do we die?

Here’s a cool way to look at data that correlates our Google searches and the most frequent cause of death.

What’s the bias? A lot of hype on crime and terrorism, when diseases actually do most of the work. A lot of hype on cancer, as well, though statistics show a different version of reality. More accurate, of course.

What’s the catch?

What’s interesting is that Americans search on Google is a much closer reflection of what kills us than what is presented in the media. One way to think about it is that media outlets may produce content that they think readers are most interested in, but this is not necessarily reflected in our preferences when we look for information ourselves.

Read it all here.

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