Via Matt Yglesias, the following pair of pictures purports to show that “an equal number of people can fit into a vastly smaller space if they’re riding a bus than if they’re in single passenger cars.” See if you can spot the problem:
Answer below the fold:
The bus picture is on a vastly different scale than the car picture, greatly exaggerating the size of the effect.
I’m not denying the effect, mind– just lamenting the deceptive photo editing used to make it look larger than it is. And the hell of it is, it’s pointless stupid photo editing. The same point would be made by properly cropped and scaled photos. But whoever made it (Yglesias doesn’t say where he got it) wasn’t satisfied with the truth, and decided to jazz it up a little in a transparently obvious way.
This is what makes politics so depressing– even people I basically agree with are so frickin’ stupid…
(I will note that while I like public transit in principle, I’m not a big fan in practice, mostly because I’m significantly bigger than the average person. I’m basically never comfortable riding buses, particularly those with forward-facing seats. Trains tend to be a little better, but not much.)