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Visual Trumpery - A Lecture by Alberto Cairo

Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Auditorium 66 West 12 Street, New York, NY

How to fight against fake data, fake facts, and fake visualizations —from the left and from the right.

The use of data in communication disciplines like journalism, marketing, advertising, P.R., etc., is becoming widespread. News graphics have quickly become a popular feature in news media, and many organizations, like The New York Times or The Washington Post, have created departments devoted exclusively to dealing with data. Unfortunately, what is otherwise a positive phenomenon has also a dark side: the lack of knowledge that average citizens have about statistical reasoning opens the door for crooks of all ideological orientations to mislead them. The talk will cover strategies to verify sources, reason about data, and critically read graphics like charts, graphs, diagrams, etc.

Presented by Parsons' School of Art, Media and Technology (AMT). 

Event Type

Lectures and Panel Discussions


General Public


Media and Technology, Intellectual Culture and Big Ideas


Parsons School of Design, School of Art, Media and Technology


Publishing and Journalism, Data, Mapping, and Information Design, Data Visualization



Free with registration, space is limited.

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In addition to the data visualization community, we invite teachers at all levels to attend. Please invite the teachers you know to join us. They can sign up through EventBrite so that they don't have to join the Meetup to attend. Please register from Meetup or EventBrite but not both.

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