We used to call this propaganda and it was used by governments to mislead the people. Now we call it infographics and it is used by the people to mislead themselves. This is good, because bullshit is a basic democratic right.
The psychology of infographics is simple. If people smile we trust them. If beautiful people tell us lies we ask them to tell us more. If a blatant lie is attached to a pretty photograph, your friends will share it on Facebook.
Here’s some evil Nazi propaganda:
And here are some popular infographics you might find on Facebook.
Anti GMO infographics:
And my personal favourite – anti-nuclear power infographics:
So, if, like me, you’re wary of misleading and fact-free infographics, here’s one I found today that might amuse you (click to view).
And remember, Grumpy Cat says, “Never believe anything you read in infographics.”