Olympic rings as infographics representing social issues

What do you get when you combine the global obsession with infographics with the sporting event that’s captivating the world’s attention?

The My Modern Met blog features artwork by Gustavo Sousa, who draws societal issues to scale, using each Olympic ring to represent a different region of the globe. Red represents the Americas; yellow is Africa; black is Europe; green is Asia; and blue represents Oceania. The larger the ring, the greater the number of homicides or McDonalds outlets or whatever is being tracked in that particular graphic.

While the U.S. and China have been leading in medal counts, the Americas and Asia also dominate in the number of billionaires and prisoners.


(Screenshot: My Modern Met)

The chart that seems to most closely resemble the actual Olympic logo is the one that represents gun ownership:


(Screenshot: My modern met)

“The rings represent healthy competition and union, but we know the world isn’t perfect,” Sousa said. “Maybe understanding the differences is the first step to try to make things more equal.”

See the rest of the drawings here.


View Photo Gallery: Olympics never have been perfect. But the London Games have had missteps and PR setbacks aplenty, from mixed-up national flags to counterfeit national uniforms to athletes banned for racist tweets and throwing matches.

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