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The Moksha Roundup

Issue #47, January 2 - 9, 2023

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 Rolling Stone, Reuters, and Instacart. If you’re not subscribed already and want to see more in the future, sign up below:

01. The DJ and the War Crimes

By Rolling Stone

The DJ and the War Crimes by Rolling Stone

This extraordinary investigation from the team at Rolling Stone uses photography and prose to expose how Arkan’s Tigers, the paramilitaries responsible for massacring civilians in Bosnia, have avoided trial for the last 30 years. In particular, the piece follows Srdan Golubovic, who performs electronic music under the name “DJ Max”, and serves as an example of the lack of accountability for war crimes in the Balkans. Design and development from GladEye take this piece to the next level, creating a beautiful and immersive experience that is a must-read.

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02. Starving the Mekong

By Reuters

Starving the Mekong by Reuters

Journalists at Reuters have put together this article showcasing how hydroelectric dams have blocked sediment in the Mekong River, potentially destroying the livelihoods of thousands of farmers in Southeast Asia. The team uses diagrams and maps to illustrate how dams trap sediment, why sediment is important, and the implications of current hydropower projects.

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Why the Super Rich Are Inevitable by The Pudding

Writing for the Pudding, Alvin Chang explains why wealth accumulates over time and creates the “super rich.” He uses data visualization and interactive simulations to explain the economic concept of the “yard-sale model.” The piece builds on simple, familiar concepts like the coin flip, to progressively explain the complex economic phenomenon of wealth inequality.

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Did Anyone Actually ‘Cart’ That #FoodTok Recipe? by Instacart

Instacart brings their 2022 data to life in this interactive explainer, which was developed with help from the DataFace. The piece explores the crossover between “#FoodTok”—the subgenre on TikTok capturing new recipes and food trends—and purchasing behavior on Instacart.

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Tracking Every Hour of Your Life for Five Years by u/_tsweezy_

Talk about commitment—this Redditor recorded every hour of their life for five years straight, and put it together in a single visual for your perusal. It makes for a beautiful image that’s likely ripe for exploration.

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