One of my favorite posts of theirs is Snow Fall: a coverage of the 2012 Tunnel Creek avalanche. Its a wonderful mixture of storytelling, visualizations, and traditional journalistic interviews.
Go check it out first, I promise you won’t regret it. Just don’t forget to come back.
Unlike the Datablog however, the Times doesn’t collate their data viz content into a single page (IKR? Not even a tag!), so I often miss out on great content unless it hits viral.
(Before you suggest I subscribe to the Times, did you know they publish about 230 pieces of content daily? I’m not willing to sift through that!)
So I’m glad I didn’t miss out on this latest one: their coverage on How Uber Uses Psychological Tricks to Push Its Drivers’ Buttons.
What’s to like:
- Interactive simulations!
- The feature viz is a throwback to the 8-bit games of the 80s–which is kind of meta, given the post talks about how Uber experimented with video game techniques to maximize profit.
- Charts. Charts. Charts. And interactive ones at that.
- A union of social science with data science. How exciting! I like how they incorporated psychological vocabulary into the piece (e.g. loss aversion, ludic loop, binge-watching, etc).
- “Uber exists in a kind of legal and ethical purgatory.” Please excuse me while I writer-geek out over this analogy.
Its a pretty length piece which will take about half an hour to get through, but I argue its worth it.