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250 million protests worldwide, from 1979-2013, visualized in one time-lapse image
Penn State doctoral candidate John Beieler has created a time-lapse visualization of every protest on the planet since 1979. And it is jaw-dropping, and I mean that in a real way, not in a BS blogger-overhyping-this-incredible-amazing-thing way. No, this is truly amazing, because what you’ll see is tiny blips popping off here and there in the 1970s—a time we think of as highly politically charged—and nearly eclipsing the world starting with the late 90s anti-globalization protests and the second Iraq War up till our present moment.
I would love to see this overlaid with time-lapse visualizations of other factors: global warming, globalization, wars, food shortage, and the spread of the Internet.
Also fruitful: Comparing this data with media coverage and treatment of protest. Why is it easy to think of the 1960s and 70s as a time of dissent and our time as a more ordered, controlled and conformist period when the data so clearly shows that there is no comparison in how much protest there is now compared to then? Media distortion much?
Originally posted by cody599
reply to post by fluff007
Nice catch fluff
Fascinating to see the advent of media coverage increase so dramatically over the last few years
At least I think it's that, if not looks like we aren't a very happy bunch at the moment
Originally posted by Knobby
I'd imagine that the role of the internet and social networking has a lot to answer for the explosion post-2004.
That seems to be the year that facebook was launched.
At least it shows that the internet isn't just for spanking the monkey.
Those that did not respect the order were sometimes arrested and a few were hit by batons.
GUNS IN THE UNITED STATES:
Americans Own Between 262 Million And 310 Million Firearms
Originally posted by bigfatfurrytexan
reply to post by cody599
Heres the question: are you happy?
I would say that, on the whole, the people of the world are flat out pissed off. And to make the powder keg a little more volatile, they are polarized.