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Virginia Postrel on Why the 2012 Presidential Campaign Needs More Charts

I enjoyed Virginia Postrel’s take on why Paul Ryan should channel Ross Perot

In a related vein, Brendan Nyhan and Jason Reifler’s “Opening the Political Mind” offers some limited evidence that graphical information is effective at getting people to reduce their resistance to counter-attitudinal information. That is, if you want to change people’s minds, graphs and charts might be more effective than words alone. I sense that the word is out about this phenomenon, and that it is being used and abused. But that is another matter entirely.

Reihan Salam — Reihan Salam is executive editor of National Review and a National Review Institute policy fellow.

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