GOOD 024: The Data Issue

Welcome to The Data Issue!

Welcome to The Data Issue!

In putting this issue together, we didn't just consider the ways in which data overload shapes our daily lives—we looked for data in some areas of life that we don't typically consider easily quantified or catalogued. In other words, we found data in everything.

Scroll through the table of contents here. But really, we recommend you subscribe or get your hands on the paper version. It's even prettier.

For the cover, we asked Andrew Kuo to make a chart about charts. Yeah, we know how nerdy that is. We're owning it.

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We were curious about how Kuo's "probablys" and "definitelys" would hold up to a fact-check, so we did what any serious, data-minded editors would do: We polled a bunch of people at a party—our Data Issue launch party, to be specific. We asked folks which terms they identified with, then asked which charts they liked. Here are the results. (Darker boxes indicate greater interest.)

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An estimated eight million people in the U.S. have started a crowdfunding campaign to help pay for their own or a member of their household's healthcare costs, according to a survey released Wednesday.

The poll, which was conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, also found that in addition to the millions who have launched crowdfunding efforts for themselves or a member of their household, at least 12 million more Americans have started crowdfunding efforts for someone else.

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In the months after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the military to move Japanese-Americans into internment camps to defend the West Coast from spies.

From 1942 to 1946, an estimated 120,000 Japanese Americans, of which a vast majority were second- and third-generation citizens, were taken from their homes and forced to live in camps surrounded by armed military and barbed wire.

After the war, the decision was seen as a cruel act of racist paranoia by the American government against its own citizens.

The internment caused most of the Japanese-Americans to lose their money and homes.

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Step by step. 8 million steps actually. That is how recent college graduate and 22-year-old Sam Bencheghib approached his historic run across the United States. That is also how he believes we can all individually and together make a big impact on ridding the world of plastic waste.

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