Twitter ‘Hate Map’ shows where racist, homophobic, and offensive tweets originate

  • metta

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    May 15, 2013 4:53 PM GMT
    Twitter ‘Hate Map’ shows where racist, homophobic, and offensive tweets originate

    http://venturebeat.com/2013/05/14/twitter-hate-map-shows-where-racist-homophobic-and-offensive-tweets-originate/
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    May 15, 2013 5:16 PM GMT
    wow!
    Why is that there is such a high contrast between East and West?
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    May 15, 2013 6:57 PM GMT
    Interesting.....
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    May 15, 2013 7:02 PM GMT
    Harry7785 saidwow!
    Why is that there is such a high contrast between East and West?



    curious about that myself.. that is a major difference. icon_confused.gif
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    May 15, 2013 7:09 PM GMT
    to the actual map


    http://users.humboldt.edu/mstephens/hate/hate_map.html#
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    May 15, 2013 7:09 PM GMT
    According to this evidence the East Coast is shameful, what is wrong with a large number of humans on this side of the United States?
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    May 15, 2013 7:10 PM GMT
    Thought Santa Monica would be big on the list
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    May 15, 2013 7:11 PM GMT
    I don't know if this is calibrated per capita so numbers might in part reflect density. Interesting otherwise.

    http://users.humboldt.edu/mstephens/hate/hate_map.html#
    "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 (geometric center) 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."

    I'm not familiar with assessing demographics. Does anyone know what "assigned a weight derived from this normalization process" means?
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    May 15, 2013 7:21 PM GMT
    Harry7785 saidwow!
    Why is that there is such a high contrast between East and West?


    Mostly it just follows population density, except for california and the northeast
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    May 15, 2013 7:28 PM GMT
    ^
    I think that it has more to do with a culture in the South: they are very slow to change. The people I know from the South like to tell me that many people there don't like change. It is also located in some of the poorest, worst educated, most conservative areas of the country.




    freedomisntfree saidThought Santa Monica would be big on the list


    What makes you think that? Santa Monica is one of the most progressive cities out there.
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    May 15, 2013 7:36 PM GMT
    Though on zooming in, you might find that much of the hate is not even in the most populated areas locally. Alabama, for instance, doesn't glow red in Birmingham or Montgomery which I would think would have denser populations but in a more rural area SE of Tuscaloosa. Looks similar in Mississippi. And Georgia.

    No hate in the Everglades, however. I always thought of gators as being very accepting creatures.

    Ooops, I see when I posted that unintended found similar.
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    May 15, 2013 7:41 PM GMT
    And for all we know in each location that could be just one person locked away in the basement with a cellphone.
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    May 15, 2013 7:48 PM GMT
    metta8 said^
    I think that it has more to do with a culture in the South: they are very slow to change. The people I know from the South like to tell me that many people there don't like change. It is also located in some of the poorest, worst educated, most conservative areas of the country.




    freedomisntfree saidThought Santa Monica would be big on the list


    What makes you think that? Santa Monica is one of the most progressive cities out there.


    Dewd, you're a lefty, I'm a righty .... I never ever experienced hate (except RJ) like I did in 15 years in SOviet Monica or WeHo. And, yes, 'progressive' provided that you agree with them .... and lord help ya if you don't.

    Massive improvement coming back here (except for the fucked weather) to what's considered the 11th most conservative county in the country.

    http://dailycaller.com/2010/03/19/americas-top-20-conservative-friendly-counties/
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    May 15, 2013 9:08 PM GMT
    Without spending much time on it, it's clear that several things stated about the map are not true. e.g. the data are not aggregated by county (not too many spherical counties around.) And whatever "normalized for the number of tweets" means. icon_rolleyes.gif It's not clear that valid methodology was used at all.

    For what it's worth, if you zoom all the way in, the red blob of hate in the northwest isn't over any town. It becomes a dot centered directly over my property, in fact. icon_eek.gif (I do not now and have never tweeted. Maybe the dog?) That big angry blob that looks as if it covers millions of people at the national map scale looks like it's just one solitary kook at the zoomed-in scale. (And apparently it's only associated with use of the word "dyke" and nothing else.)

    I wouldn't waste too much time interpreting this mess.
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    May 15, 2013 9:24 PM GMT
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    theantijock saidThough on zooming in, you might find that much of the hate is not even in the most populated areas locally. Alabama, for instance, doesn't glow red in Birmingham or Montgomery which I would think would have denser populations but in a more rural area SE of Tuscaloosa. Looks similar in Mississippi. And Georgia.

    No hate in the Everglades, however. I always thought of gators as being very accepting creatures.

    Ooops, I see when I posted that unintended found similar.


    No problem as many don't go beyond the headlines, so another reminder is good!

    Even the author did not seem to dig for details:

    "The picture doesn’t look good for the Eastern states, although admittedly the bulk of the population is there as well..."

    But this is a rampant problem with media today...

    Believe nothing you hear, half of what to read, and 25% of the Internet.


    What you guys said. I clicked on the link yesterday, played with the map and zoomed in, and realized this was much ado about nothing... or, at least, hardly anything.
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    May 18, 2013 6:39 AM GMT
    Most of the west being grey doesn't mean there weren't any offensive tweets, just that they were under the national average. That being said, it doesn't seem like an accurate representation because not everyone has a twitter account and/or tweets. Perhaps the Midwest/West people prefer to do it the old fashioned way via facebook posts and youtube comments.

    Seems pretty difficult to measure hate and translate it into a map though, at least they're trying.
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    May 18, 2013 12:52 PM GMT
    dayumm saidWhat you guys said. I clicked on the link yesterday, played with the map and zoomed in, and realized this was much ado about nothing... or, at least, hardly anything.


    I first thought this looked interesting but then the more I looked at it the less interesting it seemed, not unlike more than a few of my evenings out.

    iamrawr saidMost of the west being grey doesn't mean there weren't any offensive tweets, just that they were under the national average. That being said, it doesn't seem like an accurate representation because not everyone has a twitter account and/or tweets. Perhaps the Midwest/West people prefer to do it the old fashioned way via facebook posts and youtube comments.

    Seems pretty difficult to measure hate and translate it into a map though, at least they're trying.


    Besides that you have just relegated my memory of the string telephone & later walkie talkies of my youth to an archeological dig, your funny logic leads to conclude that the virulent hate tweets of the south indicate their superior technological & social sophistication.

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    Oct 23, 2013 2:02 AM GMT
    dudewithabeard saidto the actual map


    http://users.humboldt.edu/mstephens/hate/hate_map.html#


    wow, amazing technology, cant hide from that