Stewart Brand sent in this fantastic graph that shows how “big” a given news story of the past decade was and then also notes how many lives were lost because of it. To see the full size image click through to the wonderful Information is Beautiful Blog. Of course the interesting bits are the real discrepancies such as the Y2k story (some might say non-story) which resulted in zero loss of life vs. killer wasps which I haven’t even heard of that have accounted for more deaths than SARS or Swine Flu.
Of course other major loss of life events like 40,000+ deaths in the US alone in car accidents dont even rate on the graph.
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