- Posted September 9, 2013 by
New York, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Are chemical weapons a ‘red line’?
Interactive Syria Timeline since Chemical Attacks
The data sheds a revealing light on the anatomy of a crisis and the how the global public processes news:
* Just by looking at the progression of "most shared" images reveals how the public perceives the crisis: it starts with CNN images, then images of victims, mostly children, cats (!), political reaction, finally cartoons & jokes.
* The volume of tweets reflects the outrange triggered by the images of victims and the relatively lower engagement in the political repercussions.
* Humor as a way to cope with a crisis seems to be universal: cartoons are in Arabic and English language
* There is very pro-Assad activity in public opinion, also the social media capabilities and know-how of the Syrian regime to mobilize