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Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

What Does China Censor Online?

What Does China Censor Online?
Now that Google and China are engaged in deathmatch, we’ve enhanced our visualisation of banned keywords and censored websites on the Chinese interwebs. (As ever, our data is here for your to peruse).

SnakeOil Supplements

Snake Oil Supplements
Thanks to amazing feedback from visitors, we’ve been able to update and regrow our ‘living image’ of the evidence for nutritional supplements. Both the interactive version, the spreadsheet of data and the still image have all been re-versioned. See this changelog for the exact differences.

Some highlights:

  • Omega 6 has risen up. But Omega3 has taken a huge demotion. It may soon be restored above the ‘Worth it Line’ however due to new studies. Just part of a large evidence war going on behind the scenes. Stay tuned.
  • Cocoa has been thrust into the limelight after evidence for beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system have surfaced.
  • CoQ10, a much requested ‘super-supplement’, has been added. See where it appears.

Tide Predictions

Tide Prediction by Wilfred Castillo
This week, we were spooging over Wilfred Castillo’s luscious Tide Prediction graphic but gnashing at the small size of the sample images. Lo – a beautiful full sized version to be pored over. (Thanks Wilfred)

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  • James

    First, I love your work. And I love that you share it as you do. Thank you. I’ve had your book on order from the online reseller Barnes and Noble since late January in the USA, with no word yet on its arrival. Do the publishers provide you with any news on reprints/reissues?

    Second, it would be interesting to take “snapshots” of the Snake Oil graphic over time, or find a way to save snapshots as a sequence of images that might be viewed as an animation over time. This would reveal interesting trends, and how changing evidence affects our current view of things. (Be cool screen saver, too, for health-watchers!)

    Thanks, again


    [great idea - thanks James. I've started putting earlier version links at the bottom of the Snake Oil still image.

    re: 2nd print of Visual Miscellaneum. It's out there. They should have it - Thanks! David]

  • Mike Higton

    The snake oil graphic is wonderful, and tremendously helpful. I wonder, though, whether you could alter it so that when I mouseover, say, one of the Omega 3 balloons, some kind of highlighting or other indication shows me that there are other Omega 3 balloons to consider – e.g., those balloons changing colour. That might mean you would need to make sure that no two balloons for the same substance were so close that the expansion of one would completely hide the other.

  • http://www.r4ds.co.uk/ m3 ds real

    At least Google has realised that political interference and censorship is not consistent with the free internet. However, I think China will start to override HK’s independence soon.I’m all for censorship over the more extreme and harmful aspects of the internet, but to try and suppress opposition to the Chinese Government party line is like Gordon Brown putting a decree in place to eliminate all Tory-orientated sites that criticise him or shows him up for being such a bare-faced liar.