Friday, June 24, 2011

Sometimes all you have to do is count

The Atlantic's Alexis Madrigal posted a simple illustration this week to remind us that, well, a picture can tell a story pretty effectively. If you don't know it, Byliner is a new-ish web site that publishes original long-form nonfiction (the first was Jon Krakauer's take-down of Greg Mortenson) and aggregates long articles published elsewhere. It's a great site, though spending time on it can be something of a distraction. To put it mildly.

Madrigal counted (or had an intern count) the number of pages of stories Byliner lists, and the number from each source, and made a simple and compelling pie chart. Take a look. Byliner's favorite publications (and possibly its editors' biases) jump out at you.

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