By Kevin Meyer
Well the elections have come and mostly gone. Somewhat interesting to watch, but I'll reserve any commentary except to say that living in a state governed by someone with the nickname "Moonbeam" is going to be interesting.
All the news channels were out in full force with the latest and greatest in social media and gee-whiz electronic graphics displaying data from every conceivable perspective. Screens were filled with colored graphs, charts, numbers. Every outlet tried a slightly different concept, which was annoying for some of us who popped between sites.
Then one channel, Fox News of all places, broke out an old tried-and-true method – the whiteboard. By scribbling, circling, and crossing out less meaningful numbers Chris Wallace deftly described a complex situation in a few seconds that would have taken an hours of pointing to electronic numbers.
The power of manual visual management. A week or so ago I told you about a study on how handwriting is important for learning and comprehension. The concept is the same. There's a difference between seeing glitzy electronic numbers and physically writing them. Perhaps that's why one of my favorite iPad apps is the Virtual Whiteboard.