Walmart as Pestilence?

Watching the Growth of Walmart Across America

Data visualization is really in vogue, and the  new tools becoming available for the task are simply amazing. This graph, cited on, makes Walmart’s growth look rather horrific. It was created by Nathan, who also made a graph of Target’s growth since 1962.

Does Target’s growth seem any less threatening than Walmart’s? If so, is it because of the colors used in each animation? Or is this really, really nifty way of visualizing the data to blame? It is hard to dispute that this is an absolutely cool way of presenting information. Gotta find data to plot.


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