Visualizing the 2011 Middle-East Protests

This is a visualization of Wikipedia activity from December to yesterday, split into distinct time periods by color running from lighter to darker through the time period:via Visualizing the 2011 Middle-East Protests | Digital Humanities Specialist.

Are we starting to become visualization freaks? Infographics are everywhere as a way of dumbimg down information to a level of public understanding. Does science need to use the same strategy that political elites use when bringing society problems to it’s simpler text so the audience can “catch up”? I’m having mixed feelings about visualization in science. It  has its role but at the same time its being used sometimes to prove to “civilians” things that are really like that and that worries me.