Someone did a statistical analysis of New Yorker cartoons, and it’s actually pretty depressing

Recently, in a series of articles, the semi-satirical journal Proceedings of the Natural Institute of Science conducted a thorough statistical analysis of a very important topic: New Yorker cartoons.

Okay, so the basic idea of analyzing these alternately beloved and mocked cartoons is admittedly a little tongue-in-cheek in the first place.

But Matt J. Michel and the series’ other authors actually looked at real data — they coded every cartoon the magazine published in 2014 — and they came to some pretty depressing findings about the portrayal of nonwhite dudes in one of the country’s most liberal magazines.

Reference: Someone did a statistical analysis of New Yorker cartoons, and it’s actually pretty depressing

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