Tag Archives: Twitter

Drudge is crap. NY Times is mega-crap.

The Iran election has shown me that the Drudge Report is crap, rapidly approaching obsolescence. It had absolutely NO facility for handling the information coming out of Iran in Twitter. In this case, Twitter was the primary channel. As a result, Drudge Report could not even attempt to keep up with conventional cable channels like Fox News Channel or CNN.

Fox News Channel and CNN did not do so well, either, but at least they were trying.

And the New York Times? Mega-crap. Listen to the implicit derision in the words of Mr. New York Times, Frank Rich, erstwhile theatre critic, now a conventional opinion columnist. Here he comments at a “forum” on democracy.

Coverage of Iranian tweets overshadowed coverage of political turmoil itself this month, argued New York Times columnist Frank Rich at a Personal Democracy Forum panel Tuesday about the future of media and the Internet.

“As great as Twitter was for getting the story out, it overstated the revolution,” Rich said.

But panel moderator Andrew Rasiej countered that the mainstream media missed the story of Iran’s political crisis. “I didn’t get the sense that the news industry as a whole understood what was really happening on the streets,” Rasiej said…

Rich, of the New York Times, said ultimately readers will get what they want – and most readers aren’t that interested non-celebrity news.

“Many people just want Michael Jackson 24/7,” Rich said. “This has always been true about mass culture …

[Thanks, Kimberly Chou/Digits blog]
Rich sounds like a dinosaur who is also a snob with a prim look down his nose at “mass culture” that surrounds him. Oblivious.

It has been fun for me to figure out how to sift, analyze and view the data coming out of Iran in Twitter.


PersianKiwi we are with you!

No scientific visualization of the PersianKiwi data again today — no new messages!

But yesterday I received some twitter about keeping an optimistic view of what is happening with PersianKiwi and all those who seek freedom in Iran. I said, "GO! GO! GO!" and somebody replied, "Persiankiwi for president of Iran!"

We are with you, PersianKiwi!

We are with you, PersianKiwi!

We are with you this day, PersianKiwi!

GO PersianKiwi GO!

While we worry about our beloved PersianKiwi, and for all the unknown citizens of free Iran, we must try to stay positive.

PersianKiwi's latest message.

PersianKiwi's latest message.

Not only PersianKiwi but many Twitter sources are silent the last few days, since Wednesday. We know there is behind the scenes organizing going on. So instead of weeping and worrying, I have decided to be optimistic, and therefore all I can say is:
GO PersianKiwi GO!

GO PersianKiwi GO!

GO PersianKiwi GO!

Where is PersianKiwi? Last 48 hours’ visualization

The PersianKiwi channel has gone silent since Wednesday evening. Where is our beloved PersianKiwi?

Here are the Many Eyes visualizations of the last 48 hours of message data from PersianKiwi. It’s a very small data set: the last outgoing tweet was Wednesday afternoon.

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The Many Eyes phrase net of the top 24 words shows a tangled web around the word "they" in the message stream.

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Now a word tree for two words:

    Click for larger view and interactive use.

  1. they
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  2. everywhere
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Frightening to think about: "They are everywhere."

Last night the #Iranelection channel said that PersianKiwi was hiding for a while. But after looking at these data, I worry more than ever.

Where is our beloved PersianKiwi?

Map to Enghelab Square

Map to Enghelab Square.

I am worried about all the Twitter streams off the air right now. Seems unusual.

Recent YouTube from Iran.

PersianKiwi Data visualization, June 22 to June 24

Aggregate message from PersianKiwi’s channel in Twitter from past two days.

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Aggregate message without the rt symbol.

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Here are two views of the word Tehran.

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PersianKiwi is using the channel to describe and direct all manner of activity in Tehran.

Here is one more look: the top 25 word associations in the channel for June 22 to June 24.

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The Many Eyes website is interactive, so anyone can work with these data sets and create a new visualization that might be even more interesting than the ones here!

Visualization of PersianKiwi June 21-22

New "many eyes" data visualization of the PersianKiwi channel, and more changes.

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Precious daughter who perished in such a cruel way, Neda, her name begins to appear in the stream:

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How can the world continue in existence when there is such cruelty? But this name will continue to resonate.