The folks at Relatively Interesting have deconstructed how easy it is to manipulate graphs in order to strengthen one’s agenda.
Here’s the first thing chart/graph-makers do to twist our perceptions:
1 – Use broken scales to exaggerate drama, even if there isn’t any.
Looks like the Yankees are killing it (graph above). On quick glance, the graphic on the left implies that they’re winning three or four time as many games as the Red Sox. But upon further inspection, once the scale is adjusted, we see the difference more like 11%.