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Kimball, Miles A. – Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 2006
In this article, I examine a historical information graphic--Charles Booth's maps of London poverty (1889-1902)--to analyze the cultural basis of ideas of transparency and clarity in information graphics. I argue that Booth's maps derive their rhetorical power from contemporary visual culture as much as from their scientific authority. The visual…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Rhetoric, Poverty, Maps