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Facebook’s Critical Number: 140.3 Billion

Facebook-infographic-1-billion

Link: http://mashable.com/2012/10/05/the-most-important-facebook-number-140-billion/

Note: I was encountering problems scaling the picture to the screen, so you’ll probably have to go to the link to see the infographic in full size. In addition, this blog post tackles infographics in general.

I’ve found this infographic in several Internet blogs, and in several entries on Imgur and Pinterest, but I dug deep as possible to find the closest to original source from which this image comes. Seeing as how it is a Facebook infographic, and its source (Facebook Newsroom) is pointed out in the bottom left, as the reader I safely assume that these statistics were acquired from Facebook itself, and not just made up; I trust Facebook as being the credited source of the data. However, despite the credit I give to this infographic, it took over an hour of digging through the Web to find a source I felt was authentic, or the most trustworthy. Considering the length of time I spent searching, and the dozens of sources I checked for authenticity, I hold the conviction that infographics are unreliable display cases of information until an original source can be found.

For infographics in general, not just the aforementioned Facebook statistics, I feel they are an effective means of organizing and displaying data, but they themselves cannot quantify an argument; they require a blog poster, a web editor, or some other outside entity to bend the information held within towards a specific argument, goal, objective, or what have you. Furthermore, I lose trust in a website or blog that sporadically uses infographics without citing their source, as the creator/editor of the post may have just carelessly slapped the image into the text to make it more visually appealing, doing little to nothing good for the structure of the post or its argument.

To be blunt, infographics should not be trusted UNTIL a primary source can be identified and drawn upon. Simply finding one on the web and thinking to oneself “Hmm, this looks trustworthy” without bothering to look into the source(s) may prove to majorly mislead the reader.

How to do the Gangnam Style

Infographic: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xjdpxLmw4is/URql14iVxYI/AAAAAAAAABk/EqbhmGOntuI/s1600/GangnamStyleThe5BasicSteps_50b941fe62867.jpg

Original Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bZkp7q19f0

The original source, as it says in the bottom of the infographic, is Youtube. However, Youtube can be a very broad source of information considering there are currently millions of videos present on that particular website. So, I am going to assume that the actual original source of information comes from the Gangnam music video itself, since it was the location where the dance first made an appearance. The infographic that is pictured here offers information through the use of words and pictures, which, in some ways, can be beneficial for slower learners who need guided steps in order to learn things. On the other hand, the video offers a few things that the infographic cannot. First I’ll state the obvious. The video offers a video. This is most beneficial for people who need to have the ability to physically see things being done in order to learn how to do them. By looking at the infographic, one can see the steps of the movements, but not the movements themselves. As a result, the dance could potentially be learned the wrong way depending on how someone interprets the given information. However, while the video may be fast paced, it is straightforward and easy to visualize. The infographic especially adds value to the information because it includes an outline that explains when to use each step in the dance throughout the song.  This is seen very clearly in the upper right corner of the infographic where it has the chorus written with each corresponding step listed above the phrase it goes with. Also, notice how the word “step” is written in red, making it easy to connect with other steps on the page. This would be a hard concept to learn or even memorize if a person is trying to do so simply by replaying the video several times. Overall, a combination of the two sources would be most effective if a person wants to learn how to do the Gangnam Style dance correctly and efficiently. The video should be watched first so that the movements are familiar to the person, and then he or she should use the infographic to figure out the details and the order of the steps, referencing the video when needed.