Social media’s fixation on realtime and short context-free communications that reward meme-worthy virality over informed conversation and deep understanding is reshaping our society to emphasize the what over the why. Read The Full Article.
Throughout the year Facebook has been polling its users about its roll in the world, but does the survey’s design suggest the company doesn’t really care about the answer? Read The Full Article.
The Washington Post's Philip Bump explores how media coverage of several major topics evolved across the networks in the leadup to the 2016 US presidential election. Read The Full Article.
Could we fight fake news by reconnecting shared images to their origins, using automatic reverse image search to add context to all imagery that summarizes it based on how it has been captioned across the web and offering links to places it has been seen in the past? Read The Full Article.
Kalev's latest RealClearPolitics piece explores the critical need for fact checking sites to be more forthcoming with their mistakes. Read The Full Article.
Filled with explosive growth in available knowledge, widespread citation errors and increasing use of datasets and methods outside their traditional disciplines, automated prereview from simple statistical review to deep learning processing of papers could help reform academic publishing. Read The Full Article.
Chen Yu, a Lecturer at Wuhan University's Department of Sociology wrote this extensive analysis of a number of aspects of media coverage under the Trump administration. Read The Full Article. Read The Expanded Article.
Vox's Alvin Chang explores how the networks are covering news about Scott Pruitt. Read The Full Article.
The Washington Post's Philip Bump explores Hannity's coverage of a Clinton staffer's phone smashing. Read The Full Article.
One of the most amazing things about Google's BigQuery service is its nearly infinite scalability and the sheer speed at which it can perform tasks even on larger datasets. In just the last few weeks we've used BigQuery to explore billions of location mentions to map the hidden geography of language, mapped 6.2 billion location references […]
Kalev's latest RealClearPolitics piece examines why it is so imperative to permit web archiving of fact checks for transparency and accountability. Read The Full Article.
The Washington Post's Philip Bump explores how the networks covered Roseanne versus Puerto Rico. Read The Full Article.
Vox's Alvin Chang explores how the networks covered the Puerto Rico crisis. Read The Full Article.
Merriam Webster's legendary dictionary now uses sentences from two of Kalev's Forbes columns to illustrate common literary usage for two of its word definitions: "chastise" and "prereview"!
Vox' Albert Chang published another fantastic data-driven analysis of the parallel media universes using the Television Explorer. Read The Full Article.
One of the most powerful features of GDELT Summary is the ability it gives you to search across the world's languages, offering familiar keyword searching across the English machine translations of worldwide news coverage in 65 languages. This ensures you are able to find coverage regardless of what country it was published in or what language […]
IU: Visualizing Our Global World: Correlation Between Article Tone and Emotion of Accompanying Images
A team of Indiana University students (Elizabeth Supinski, Hui Chen, Rusty Hann and Ding Li) explored the relationship of textual and visual emotion by creating a fascinating analytics pipeline involving a number of tools. Their paper includes the core workflow and a number of code samples capturing how they analyzed the data, as well as […]
When displaying human-friendly results based on GDELT's data, its often useful to show the formal name of a news outlet instead of its domain name, such as "CNN" instead of "cnn.com" or "Washington Post" instead of "washingtonpost.com". Towards that end, we've released a new dataset that attempts to identify the short formal name of each […]
It was just this past January that the DOC 2.0 API was extended from searching just the last three months of coverage to searching a rolling window of the past full year of coverage. We're excited to announce today that instead of a rolling window of one year of coverage, the DOC 2.0 API will now […]
Combining fulltext geocoding with the power of the cloud we can transform 126 billion words of news coverage from a quarter billion articles into 1.5 billion coordinates and with a single line of code map the hidden geographic affinities of language that form the lens through which we see the world. Read The Full Article.
Having spent more than a decade mapping the world through the lens of textual geography, we've become fascinated with the hidden geography of language, especially the natural geographic affinity of individual words. Take the word "love." What might it look like if one was to take a large sample of all of the worldwide news […]
Even as Facebook takes steps to reign in mass academic harvesting of private user data, those efforts are running up against the reality of years of freewheeling harvesting and data sharing and the company's historical reluctance to constrain academic misuse of its two billion users' data. Read The Full Article.
When mapping the locations of the world’s news outlets, the difference between geographic focus and geographic location offers a powerful lesson in how we see the world and the different lenses different datasets offer us. Read The Full Article.
Social media has a terrorism problem, but the platforms’ overreliance on AI is blinding them, public confusion and lack of detail means we no idea whether they are actually working and the lack of accountability means the democratic vision of the early web is giving way to dystopian nightmare. Read The Full Article.