Visuals are the way most of us receive information and good visuals can be very powerful.
U.S. Debt Problem Visualized
That's $100,000,000, yep, One Hundred Million Dollars in $100 dollar bills (the most counterfeited currency in the world) and it fits nicely on a pallet.
That's One Trillion Dollars and the caption partly reads: "If you spent $1 million a day since Jesus was born, you would have not spent $1 trillion by now...but ~$700 billion- same amount the banks got during bailout." Those double stacked pallets would cover an entire football field.
That's 15 Trillion dollars . . . the amount of projected U.S. Debt by December 2011 at current rates.
"If you live in USA this is also your personal credit card bill; you are responsible along with everyone else to pay this back."
Visit USDebt.kleptocracy.us/ to see even more debt visuals including one of the U.S.'s unfunded liabilities.
U.S. National Debt Clock
Tables are a very common way to visualize data and the internet can take that a step farther by allowing visual motion. The U.S. National Debt Clock is a real-time, ever-changing running debt clock table. It is not a static data table, it constantly changes.
Here's a screen shot taken of the running U.S. National Debt Clock on July 30, 2011 at 11:40 a.m.
This visual is hard to read, but here are just three pieces of data: as of July 30, 2011 the U.S. National Debt was $14,553,695,312,277. The debt per citizen was $46,660 and the debt per taxpayer was $130,111. For a better real time visual - Click here to go to the U.S. National Debt Clock and see how those numbers have changed.
After looking at the illustrations of the "U.S. debt problem visualized", why do you think the creators made visual statements rather than just giving readers dollar figures? Why include the Statue of Liberty?
How does the U.S. National Debt clock create urgency?
How do U.S. debt visuals alter your perception about the U.S. debt? Do you find them disturbing or reassuring?