Taken from GOOD a good example on how data visualization can help explain social phenomenons and events.
Today, the Guardian offers a visual perspective on what may have caused the riots. For their interactive “Mapping the riots with poverty” project, Guardian journalists Simon Rogers and Matt Stiles used data on “deprivation” (read: poverty metrics) to offer a juxtaposition of where the riots happened and where Londoners live. The results probably won’t surprise you—the dark reds represent poorer communities while the blue and green zones are wealthier. Each pushpin stands in for an instance of violence, theft, or property damage.