Who wants to do the due diligence to find out why this map is so wonky? [A Google Maps visualization of every protest on the globe since 1979.] Why so few protests in the same cities throughout the 70s? And why the throbbing wall of lights these recent years with no up-tick in media awareness of the extent of mobilization? What is being counted here, and why is it wrong?




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  1. The GDELT project has some great promise, but I’m not 100% sold on what it measures. It gathers a lot more sources in recent years, so it probably isn’t the best for looking at change over long periods of time. It also has a tendency to grab a lot of false positives. I looked at the North Carolina data for the last couple of months and corporations “demonstrating” new products outnumbered political demonstrations by more than five to one. GDELT also has a couple of full scales wars happening in North Carolina this year, which perhaps overstates what Republicans have been doing.

    I just grabbed yesterday’s data. This URL was listed as the source for a “Military attack; clash; assault” in North Carolina.
    I think they combined the fact that J. Cole was going shopping at a NC WalMart and Chris Brown was angry at TMZ to come up with a the military attack coding.

  2. Jenn Lena

    Neal: your response is everything I hoped for, and more.

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