An excellent little visualisation this.
Courtesy of my wonderful colleague @tomhannen, we now have a new version of the cities animation up on the @FinancialTimes, including a voiceover from yours truly, suitably exciting music and a pointer to how to make your own animations using @observablehq https://t.co/pWXfDaHfTR pic.twitter.com/A6xHEaukm6
— John Burn-Murdoch (@jburnmurdoch) 20 March 2019
As is said elsewhere:
Here’s a really interesting visualization from John Burn-Murdoch, senior data-visualisation journalist at the Financial Times posted to his Twitter account (it might take a few seconds to load, click on the arrow to start, then give it about five seconds for the visualization to start).
And as to this:
The fall and rise of the Chinese cities is also interesting. People seem to get freaked out by China’s growing prosperity, a fear for which I have zero sympathy — people exiting poverty in China is an unalloyed good. But here is a thought for context. I can’t absolutely prove that it is correct but I am pretty sure it is true. The history of the world is that, with the exception of the 200 years from about 1800-2000, China has for 4000 years been the largest economy in the world. Chinese prosperity today is not some aberration, it is a return to normal.
Well, no. China’s relative poverty as an entity was the aberration. Or if you prefer, relative prosperity was the norm. But the actual standard of prosperity now is vastly higher than anything in the past.
But it is a very fun visualisation.