After reading the article, I became curious about what impressionable adults might find to skew their something-other-than-the-content-of-a-persons-character worldview on the site where the article appeared, Vox.com. Since Vox does not regularly produce cartoons, I decided to use as a proxy a Google search of the Vox.com site of the first 100 facial images since the beginning of 2015. (Small sample size, but I have staff limitations.) You won't, as they say, believe what happened next:
Read 'em and weep:
- 81% "white dudes", as Vox likes to say
- 9% women, all white
- 10% non-whites (and four of them are President Obama)
Anyway, to try to eliminate the possibility that Google itself is the culprit in white-male-skewing the results, I also conducted a general (the whole web) image search for "faces" since the beginning of the year.
At a glance, the results seem more eclectic (certainly more women than men), but I did not conduct a full statistical analysis (again, staffing issues...).
I decided to do a few more for comparison. Here's the New York Times:
Looks like quite a variety.
How about MSNBC?
Whoa. Elizabeth Warren is looking pretty lonely there, eh, MSNBC?
And finally, just for fun, The New Yorker's website:
It appears the "white dude" dominance at The New Yorker is largely confined to the cartoons.
So what conclusions can we draw from these analyses? Got me. I think I got a C in Statistics in college. I told you we have staffing issues.