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How Big is a Billion?

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zmary
Jul. 29th, 2003 10:34 pm (UTC)
Mind blowing... thanks for posting this link!
sutut
Jul. 31st, 2003 10:40 pm (UTC)
Sickening
Time to pick up the hammer and sickle, definitely...
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kmo
Aug. 1st, 2003 02:29 am (UTC)
Re: Scratching my head a bit
The height represents stacks of bills, so maybe the width is also supposed to represent each person's stack of bills, lined up side-by-side? That would still be nearly 20,000 kilometers (the Internet says a dollar is ~6.6 cm wide).

I don't think there's a width axis on the graph; just length and height.

I agree that the height of a billionaire's stack of bills compared to the width of a football field is an amazing contrast. But I don't think that comparison depicts the 'L' curve of income distribution very usefully.

Yeah, it didn't do much for me until I had read the accompanying explanation; not the mark of an effective graphic representation. I think the two graphics could form the basis of a really powerful animation. I can see the camera crusing along a line of stacked bills that barely register any height at all until the very last couple of inches, when the camera pans up to see a stack of bills disappearing into the clouds. The point of view then flys up to the top of the stack and then at the top tilts down at the stadium, which, of course, can no longer be made out.

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