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Relatively the same

Our eyes read lines like this: flat line = little change. Inclined line = more change. Steeply inclined line = a lot more change.

It’s all wrong here. You believe right increases more than left. Wrong.

Scales are arbitrary. And don’t go together.

Here it is ok:

Why? Because both scales show the same relative change:

(12-8)/8 = 0.5. And (120-80)/80 = 0.5.

It doesn’t work here:


Source: Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ), No. 137, 2010-06-18, page 22.

Because scales are arbitrary. And don’t go together. Like in many newspapers, every day. For example in the FTD as well. And. And. And.