In past history, infographics have been used as means of propaganda, entertainment, and analysis. The outcomes from utilizing the visuals can create a wide variety of reactions from its audience. For example, the (graphic weed) can be portrayed as encouraging or sinful. Because of the wide spectrum of emotions involved in infographics, there will also contain bias as a result.
Displayed on the “weird charts” site was an infographic pertaining to each state’s stance on marijuana along with an informative article that provided this chart. When examining the chart, the information is all laid out on a single pot leaf with each section of leaf providing different stances on the state laws i.e. recreational use, medical marijuana, reduced THC medical marijuana, and illegalization of marijuana. Now, without reviewing the credibility of the chart, I was able to find multiple faults in this particular infographic. While the infographic is visually appealing, I found it limiting as each state had to fit one of the broad categories and did not leave room for elaboration on a state to state basis.
In contrast when comparing the infographic to the article, I found the article to be a valid summarization of marijuana policies in different states. While it also displayed the same infographic on the website, I felt that it was utilized more effectively with prior background information found in the article. Without context, the visual was inconclusive as well as a bit oversimplified.
The infographic did not have enough information in general to be an effective way to display this topic. This is due to the artist attempting to make a very complex social issue as simple as a categorical analysis on a state basis with no further information. The information in the source provided another infographic of the U.S. population’s stance on each category previously on the infographic. As well as providing another infographic, it discussed the political side of marijuana featuring Chris Christie and his bold statement claiming, “As soon as I win office the party is over”.
In the infographic, almost every other possible stance you could imagine was lacking or missing completely. There was no social discussion of what the people felt should be done about marijuana, and not even enough information on each state’s marijuana policy in general. The source contained social stances, a political viewpoint from a prominent politician and even another infographic.
Overall, I found the source to be more effective than the infographic. Not only was the infographic lacking information, the visual also did not create any kind of reaction. On the other hands, the source was able to give readers a sense of background on the subject matter as well as providing past and future scenarios.