In Chapter 8, Briggs mentions that data can be used in a variety of different journalistic pieces, which I had never considered until reading the chapter. At first thought, the only time I would consider using data would be for a sports piece that involved statistics. The main difference between how I imagined using data and how Briggs uses it comes in how the reader perceives it. In my mind, I figured we would sue data as a visual aid, but Briggs wants to use the data to tell a story and paint an image in the readers head. This is a technique that I plan to try in the near future.

The second half of the chapter is a focus on towards how data can be displayed with the main example being a map. Maps can display exact points of interest while still allowing for numerical values.

The final element of the chapter actually showcases one of the scariest things that technology has brought us. With progressions in technology, companies are able to track someones movements through their phones and other gadgets. Modern technology work as data collectors that companies and the government are able to access. As long as our data and information do not fall in to the wrong hands, this should not be a problem.


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