Thursday, August 07, 2014

History of birthplace to deathplace

People have been moving around the world a long time. Map the birthplaces and deathplaces of famous people and you get ... well, the migratory patterns you might expect.  As is beautifully animated here.

Can't help thinking that by charting "known" people, even en masse, the animation emphasizes migration to cities and misses the massive movements of people who did not become prominent, like the many millions who migrated (willingly or not) to pass their lives on a piece of farm property in a new land but are completely neglected in this method.

Still, the graphic animation of mobility is still pretty cool. Even for us with colour-blindness issues.

Via YouTube -- and The Dish, which also has a critique.
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