This chart from the Upshot team at the New York Times was picked up by Alberto Cairo on Twitter. The large blank space is included, partly because it’s good to have the domain of the variable visible in the axis, but mostly as a kind of mute protest to the gap between experts and public. I shall refrain from getting sidetracked into a discussion of the nature of evidence, complex systems and such.
The interesting thing is how the empty space looks impressive on the page, and not so on the screen – or so I thought, anyway. Empty space on a newspaper page is so unusual and reminds me of the classic journalists’ protest against censorship.