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1 Political Atheist  Fri, May 10, 2013 2:11:24pm

The irony of the retweet is kind of interesting.

2 Vicious Babushka  Fri, May 10, 2013 3:25:34pm

The map also corresponds to large population centers. You’d think there would be MOAR HATE coming from Arizona and Florida, not to mention Texas.

3 Political Atheist  Fri, May 10, 2013 3:28:15pm

re: #2 Vicious Babushka

It looks like that on my screen shot. But if you get to the map and zoom in it seems to take a rather rural turn. or at least suburban. Especially in California. You can zoom way in.

4 dragonath  Fri, May 10, 2013 3:41:07pm

re: #2 Vicious Babushka

The map also corresponds to large population centers. You’d think there would be MOAR HATE coming from Arizona and Florida, not to mention Texas.

Not totally. Check out how Philadelphia and New York City compare to what looks like Atlanta. Not to mention California.

I’m kind of amused that the biggest spot of red in the northeast is smack in the middle of upstate New York, because the population density is relatively low there. In fact, it’s a national park!

5 dragonath  Fri, May 10, 2013 4:25:02pm

Also, I’ve got no reason why apparently the citizens in the vicinity of Detroit Lakes MN, or Alamagordo, NM have any reason to be bigots, but who knows, it’s probably just some TGDN posters gone nuts.

6 thedopefishlives  Fri, May 10, 2013 4:27:38pm

re: #5 dragonath

Also, I’ve got no reason why apparently the citizens in the vicinity of Detroit Lakes MN, or Alamagordo, NM have any reason to be bigots, but who knows, it’s probably just some TGDN posters gone nuts.

I find it interesting that Duluth is a hotbed of derp, but the Twin Cities area is cool blue. Must be all those college kids that we ship off to get radicalized./

7 Bert's House of Beef and Obdicuts  Fri, May 10, 2013 4:56:58pm

Um, go California, I guess. Seriously, that’s nice to see. But weird.

8 Political Atheist  Fri, May 10, 2013 5:07:58pm

re: #2 Vicious Babushka
re: #7 Bert’s House of Beef and Obdicuts

Okay it’s great to see all the discussion on this one. So, maybe overlays would be cool? Like red/blue counties nation wide? Population density, I certainly want to see that. Suggestions anyone? I’ll do the Photoshop work if you guys want to send any links to an overlay that light be interesting. Or just mention what would be cool and i’ll do the hunting. Maybe I can work up a neat gif., never made one of those moving gif files before.

Oh, this thing is twitter centric. Skews it young? Left? Right? What else might be in there…. Hmmm.

BBL commute time-Subscribed so I don’t miss anything.

10 EPR-radar  Fri, May 10, 2013 5:19:48pm

There may be an issue of small actual numbers here. Fountain, IN lights up on the map like a Christmas tree for the N- word based on 22 tweets from 18 users (mouse over on a zoom gives this info).

This may be unfair to the residents of Fountain, IN.

11 JABaker  Fri, May 10, 2013 5:29:49pm

map by libertarian vote

12 Bert's House of Beef and Obdicuts  Fri, May 10, 2013 6:52:49pm

re: #8 Political Atheist

It might actually have something to do with where spambot accounts are registered.

13 Political Atheist  Fri, May 10, 2013 8:18:07pm

re: #9 Vicious Babushka

2012 Election results

Gun violence by state

Food Stamps!

Just letting that play under the map kinda shows up well enough. The correlation (if any) looks like population more than anything. Image: pop.gif

14 Political Atheist  Fri, May 10, 2013 8:21:19pm

re: #11 JABaker

I found this but the count was so low the Libertarian party was invisible.

15 Dark_Falcon  Fri, May 10, 2013 8:27:46pm

re: #5 dragonath

Also, I’ve got no reason why apparently the citizens in the vicinity of Detroit Lakes MN, or Alamagordo, NM have any reason to be bigots, but who knows, it’s probably just some TGDN posters gone nuts.

Chicago is pretty lit up, but that’s sadly not a surprise. The city has so many ethnic groups that haters of all races often pop up. Just low level stuff, but a one-off racist tweet here, and double sexist DERP there, anbd in time they add up.

16 CriticalDragon1177  Fri, May 10, 2013 9:11:07pm

re: #2 Vicious Babushka

The map also corresponds to large population centers. You’d think there would be MOAR HATE coming from Arizona and Florida, not to mention Texas.

Overall, though its not that surprising really. I’d expect most of the tweeting, good or bad, to come from population centers, since that’s where most people live.

17 CriticalDragon1177  Fri, May 10, 2013 9:13:54pm

re: #14 Political Atheist

I found this but the count was so low the Libertarian party was invisible.

Chances are just about any political party other than the Democrats or the Republicans is going to be nearly invisible when it comes to votes in presidential elections. Combined, the two main parties have a virtual monopoly in America.

18 team_fukit  Fri, May 10, 2013 10:43:51pm

wat no Carolinas?? also hard to believe in minimal California hate tweets.

19 Charleston Chew  Sat, May 11, 2013 5:02:45am

More than just corresponding to population, it seems that the hot spots correspond to “semi-urban areas”. The densest pop areas seems to cool off a bit.

My theory -

1) The psychology motivating “hateful” tweets in inversely proportional to population. It is an anti-social behavior that is mitigated by exposure to other people, and is strongest in rural areas.

2) Number of tweets in general is proportional to population. More people equals more tweets because there’s more people to do it but also because urban area tend to lead in adoption of new tech. (And by tech I don’t mean just Twitter, but the diverse array of platforms used to access Twitter.)

3) Thus, the hottest areas are where these two inverse factors come together at a kind of midway point.

20 team_fukit  Sat, May 11, 2013 8:13:08am

re: #19 Charleston Chew

Or maybe suburbs instead of “semi-urban” spots

21 Political Atheist  Sat, May 11, 2013 10:05:27am

re: #20 team_fukit
re: #16 CriticalDragon1177

Maybe the correlation is adults living in parents basements. //

22 Bert's House of Beef and Obdicuts  Sat, May 11, 2013 1:50:37pm

I think I may have part of the answer:

To produce the map all tweets containing each ‘hate word’ were aggregated to the county level and normalized by the total twitter traffic in each county. Counties were reduced to their centroids and assigned a weight derived from this normalization process. This was used to generate a heat map that demonstrates the variability in the frequency of hateful tweets relative to all tweets over space. Where there is a larger proportion of negative tweets referencing a particular ‘hate word’ the region appears red on the map, where the proportion is moderate, the word was used less (although still more than the national average) and appears a pale blue on the map. Areas without shading indicate places that have a lower proportion of negative tweets relative to the national average.

Twitter is used heavily in Californian business, public works, governance, advertising, etc. Likewise, in New York, center of the advertising industry.


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