Funny, considering that's a core part of Tableau's value proposition.
Also, it's a sign that at the very least this person working there genuinely cares about the product they're selling, so that's good
All seriousness aside, Correll fails to realize that the layout, length, and organization of your text are also forms of visualization, and at those, he fails completely.
"It is my contention that many (most?) visualizations are bullshit in either the Frankfurt sense of attempting to persuade while being totally disconnected from notions of truths about the world, or in the Graeber sense of being created for no readily apparent purpose and to no real useful end."
So he's shown us some erudition by throwing in Frankfurt & Graeber. Whoopee. When he mentions Tufte, a pioneer and a giant in his field, he's dismissive.
All that said, there is some worthwhile stuff in here. He needs to study The Elements of Style, hire an editor, and reduce it to a readable three pages or so, single-column.
Academic papers -- the gold standard for readability!
Said no one, ever.
The mortal sins of data visualization misrepresent the data; the venal sin of chartjunk distracts from the data.
This from your article is a better example -
What does that mean? Is it CPI? Is it consistent with worlds prices? Because of inflation prices go up over time. It goes up over time. Is the chart saying anything?
Here's a good example of Bullshit Visualization's - https://xkcd.com/1138/
It's things you'll see in the media/PR Journal articles that are nothing but look pretty and give a story a feel of authority when it shouldn't.
Some other people who are knowledgeable in the domain have posted that there might be some rigor issues.
But I think a lot of us can empathize with the feeling of "No you idiot, that's not how you use that at all!" when it comes to some area we know more about than the average person.
I'm pretty sure my car mechanic winces every time I bring my vehicle back into the shop. That's what I pay him for I guess.