"THE problem with Raging Against the Machine is that the Machine has learned to feed off rage"
Does Twitter amplify anger? We are building an AI-enabled data engine to explore the role of anger in propagating ideas across the Twittersphere.
Why Twitter? Twitter is, arguably, the closest thing to a global consciousness. But we know from psychology that a lot of what shapes our behavior is the sub-conscious, material in the emotional realm. Twitter is also primarily a text-based social media platform, which fits with the inputs of our emotion data engine.
Nice threads... We're focusing on three areas of the Twittersphere. Areas that both provoke a lot of emotion and are important for civilization - these areas are:
1) The diet health arena (i.e. diet wars): diet related chronic disease constitutes a massive amount of societal spending
2) COVID-19 lockdown debate: arguably, the science of public health fell apart during the pandemic - due presumably to heightened emotional states
3) Jan 6 insurrection in Washington DC: Democracy is important in many societies, understanding how it breaks down could give us clues to find ways to strengthen it
Results coming shortly...