Wal-Mart and Starbucks: Jump to your own conclusions

Social scientists from Columbia University, on their never-ending quest to stereotype us, have come up with the maps below that show us the density of Starbucks and Wal-Marts per capita.

Wal-mart vs Starbucks per capita

Of course, no conclusions are actually derived from this data. That would be bad science. Instead, the maps are provided to us without explanation. So, if you jump to any conclusions, it’s your own damned fault.

This is what I like to call “tabloid science”.

[via kottke, columbia university]

3 Comments so far

  1. rseattle on March 6th, 2008 @ 9:34 am

    This is just another urban vs rural comparison put into more consumerist terms. Walmart originally limited its growth to towns under a certain population.

  2. Ryan (ryanhealy) on March 6th, 2008 @ 9:43 am

    That’s the responsible way to interpret it. It’s too bad Columbia didn’t provide that explanation.

  3. Jeffery Simpson (van_jeffery) on March 6th, 2008 @ 7:33 pm

    Vancouver has no Wal-Marts and about a billion Starbucks. If you cared.

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