Protest Overview

This is from Ultraculture who introduce it saying:

“Penn State doctoral candidate John Beieler has created a time-lapse visualization of every protest on the planet since 1979. 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?”

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  1. douglas clark says:

    This is in the same vein:

    http://www.geekosystem.com/every-nuclear-explosion-time-lapse/

    You might find it interesting too.

  2. Barontorc says:

    We in Scotland must be among the most un-demonstrating people on earth! Why?

  3. Jen says:

    I often think about why! I think it might be connected to the knowledge of lack of political representation to enable change in the Union of Equals. However, I have no concrete evidence to back up. Hundreds of years have passed and not prevented Westminister doing whatever it wants in Scotland. Nuclear weapons are an example, no one wants them but they are here. Land reform has been needed for years but again Westminister and its vested interests would not want that kind of reform. I am aware that Holyrood could make some changes but perhaps this is too early in its political life.

    Voting is another example, vote British Labour to keep out the Tories, preferring the least worst option even if people vote for others in Holyrood. Plus the whole MSM and cultural set up pushes the Scotland is too poor, too wee, too stupid and most of that is carried out by Scots with a more intense British identity therefore a barrier seems to exist that prevents mass organised demonstrations and protests.

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