1979-2013: Time-Lapse visual of the gathering storm of protests worldwide

Unfortunately, I could not load the time-lapse visual here. But it is jaw-dropping. As if the neural activity of the noosphere gradually electrifies . . . .

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Watch a Jaw-Dropping Visualization of Every Protest Since 1979

August 23, 2013

by Jason Louv

ultraculture.org via a pointer from Sandy

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?

Via Foreign Policy:

This is what data from a world in turmoil looks like. The Global Database of Events, Language, and Tone (GDELT) tracks news reports and codes them for 58 fields, from where an incident took place to what sort of event it was (these maps look at protests, violence, and changes in military and police posture) to ethnic and religious affiliations, among other categories. The dataset has recorded nearly 250 million events since 1979, according to its website, and is updated daily…

The map also shows some of the limits of Big Data — and trying to reduce major global events to coded variables. Take, for example, the protests across the United States in late 2011: Some are Occupy protests, others are Tea Party protests, but the difference in the political identity of those demonstrations isn’t reflected in the map. There are some strange things that happen when the data are mapped, as well. A cursory glance at the map would suggest that Kansas is the most restive state in the union, but really the frequent protests popping up somewhere near Wichita are every media mention of a protest in the United States that doesn’t specify a city (the same goes for that flickering dot north of Mongolia in Middle-of-Nowhere, Russia).

(After this, compare this equally incredible satellite composite of climate change since 1984.)

(Thanks to @NoahShachtman and R. U. Sirius)

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Jason Louv is the author of Queen Valentine and editor of Thee Psychick Bible, Ultraculture Journal and Generation Hex. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

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3 Responses to 1979-2013: Time-Lapse visual of the gathering storm of protests worldwide

  1. If you look carefully you can even find the little group of protesters outside the Bohemian Grove out in the woods, up-state California :
    …. and someone has tramped all the way up to the North Pole (???)

  2. NSA, your local congressperson, lobbyists, and who knows what else….. will want to stop domestic spying as ……”Coming to a screen near you soon will be, high resolution eavesdropping remote controlled, pre-programmed spy-bots recording everything that is happening inside the Grove.

    Bet it goes viral with over 10-million hits inside 1-month of posting. What’cha-wanna-bet?

  3. Any garage-based spy-bot start-up that wants to gain immediate world-wide recognition and possible direct-to-the-public marketing advantage over the competition might consider spying on the spies and showing us all about it.

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