Monday, October 26, 2009

Diagram of "Left" vs "Right," from forthcoming book "The Visual Miscellaneum"—simplistic and misleading, but interesting

I think this diagram, from Information Is Beautiful, is problematically binary, in a way that disallows more complex political affiliations. Also, some of the terms are loaded in a way that, to me, is an oddly right-wing frame: For instance, the phrase "tax and spend" is old-school Republican messaging, as is the idea that the Left supports "interfering" with society and social lives. 

Uh...isn't regulating sex, marriage, and pregnancy "interfering" with society and social lives? And which partisan agenda does that belong to? 

What do you guys think?

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Blogger TSRVT said...

I just posted almost the exact same thing to a commenter on Huffington Post who steered me to that diagram. It's clearly for non-critical thinkers and simply list stereotypes in a graphic. I don't find it to be worth much, honestly.

7:17 AM  

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