How to create misleading infographics

How to lie with statistics

A big problem in making sense of the new music economy is that too many people with agendas and axes to grind use cherry-picked data and in some cases tell outright lies to try and make their points. It’s getting increasing difficult to know who to believe, with the result that more and more people just tune out everything other than whatever they want to hear.

This graph is labelled as “How Spotify killed off paid downloads” and described as “chilling”. But look more closely at the axes and what they really represent, and you will soon realise it says nothing of the sort.

I have no idea what mix of streaming, paid downloading and physical product will prevail in the current years, and what things those of us who want a healthy music scene should support. But deliberately misleadling infographics like this one serve only to muddy the waters, and tell us nothing of value.

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One Response to How to create misleading infographics

  1. PaulE says:

    I think they published this a few months too early. It should have gone out 1st April.