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Call me biased, but I like featuring news and research that counters the fear-driven narratives of much of the press.

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In the video above, parents learnt how to play video games to connect with their kids. This is not the only way parents connect, but it is an important one. The strategy not only creates opportunities awareness and involvement, it showcases the kids’ abilities to teach their parents.

Another resource certain to ruffle the feathers of proverbial ostriches with heads in the sand is the NYT review of research revealing that fears about kids mobile phone and social media use are unwarranted.

Though not specially labelled in the article, the reported research sounded like meta analyses of prior research studies on mobile phone and social media use on well-being.

The meta research revealed that the effect size was negligible. On the other hand, studies that spread fear and worry tended to be correlational, e.g, the rise in suicide rates in the USA rose with the common use of mobile phones.

But the NYT reminded us that correlation is not causation. Furthermore, there was no appreciable rise in Europe even though there was a similar rise in use of mobile phones.

One reason the NYT has the reputation it has is because it resists the temptation to be reductionist or simply regurgitate what the rest report. This is not about stand out. It is about being critical and responsible.

My immediate reaction to the graph embedded in this tweet was: Now that is an infographic!

Far too many people label images, diagrams, or charts as infographics. Just because an image has information on it does not make it an infographic. If it did, comics qualify as infographics.

Infographics communicate, they do not just illustrate. They take complex phenomena or ideas and help the reader or learner process them more quickly than, say, reading several paragraphs of text.

Infographic: Minard's Napoleon March.

One of my favourite infographics is Minard’s Napoleon March. I discovered this when I was studying visual and information design almost 20 years ago.

The graphic was created in 1869. Thought by some to be the greatest infographic in the world, it communicates some of the complex factors in Napoleon’s Russian campaign.

If you want some background on Minard and the infographic, I suggest this YouTube video as a start.

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The USA (not America) celebrated its Independence Day last week. It has lots to celebrate and it still has a lot to work on.

M(US)AGA, anyone?


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