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What’s your favorite chart of 2012?

December 20th, 2012, 10:45pm by Sam Wang


Nerds around the blogosphere seem to be collecting their favorite charts of the year. Obviously, I can’t pick my own. But to recall the Woody Allen joke

…I can pick my second-favorite. Here it is (click to see the whole thing).

Randall Munroe (XKCD) departs from his usual hand-scrawled style to depict the political history of the United States in one very large chart. Waves of partisan and ideological realignment wash through the dominant parties. We’re in the Fifth (or Sixth) Partisan Age of the United States. Today’s right-leaning party, the Republican Party, is at an extreme of polarization. As is almost always the case, ideologically the left is a diverse mess. This demonstrates the eternal nature of Will Rogers’ joke: “I don’t belong to an organized political party. I’m a Democrat.”

Or if you want a funnier XKCD, there is always this, which speaks to much of the pundit class in 2012.

List yours in comments. It doesn’t have to be political!

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