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The Moksha Roundup

Issue #31, August 30 - September 5, 2022

Welcome to this week’s Moksha Roundup! This small newsletter is a weekly roundup of the latest and greatest in the data visualization/design/visual storytelling world. Every week, we compile our favorite projects from journalists, storytellers, and technologists and share them with you.

In this issue, we share great visual storytelling pieces from the Pudding, the Washington Post, and Kontinentalist. If you’re not subscribed already and want to see more in the future, sign up below:

01. The Big [Censored] Theory

By The Pudding

The Big [Censored] Theory by The Pudding

For the Pudding, Mandy Zou, with Russell Goldenberg and Rob Smith, has compared the first 100 episodes of the original Big Bang Theory to the edited version on Youku, a Chinese video platform.

The piece is available in two formats that users can toggle between: one with scroll-driven visuals and another with static images without animation. A wall of episodes depicts what types of scenes were deleted, from mentioning sex to showing disrespect to China and its allies, amounting to three episodes worth of material removed from the original show.

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How second-choice votes pushed a Democrat to victory in Alaska by The Washington Post

Adrián Blanco and Kevin Uhrmacher from the Washington Post have made this visual article concerning the recent special election held in Alaska.

The article's sole visual is a simple Sankey diagram which perfectly illustrates how second-choice voting pushed Peltola to victory.

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How attainable is the Singapore dream?  by Kontinentalist

The Kontinentalist team has investigated Singapore’s housing system and whether it’s helping the most vulnerable people have a roof over their heads.

It integrates a wide range of illustrations, graphs, and charts to explain how public housing works and where it’s failing. The standout storytelling elements are the detailed journeys of fictional families and individuals that want to own a home and have to navigate a difficult system.

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See the scale of Pakistan’s flooding in maps, photos and videos by The Washington Post

The Washington Post staff has stitched together a powerful piece about the devastating impact of Pakistan’s flooding. They use maps, photography, satellite images, and videos to show the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the country due to continual rainfall fueled by climate change.

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05. The Leo Line Chart

By All of Twitter

The Leo Line Chart by All of Twitter

Data visualization has entered the mainstream again, this time thanks to Leonardo DiCaprio's dating history. The "Leo line chart" shows the difference between Leonardo DiCaprio's age and his partners, for each of his relationships between 1999 and the present.

As the conversation re-entered the mainstream, it sparked an interesting discussion on the role of data visualization in engagement, and inspired a recreation in R by Tanya Shapiro.

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