People often complain that there’s nothing but bad news in the newspapers, but the good news is that there’s more good news coming your way… via Twitter! The Wall Street Journal reports:
Scanning 580 million tweets over eight months, Stanford University researchers discovered that Twitter topics seemed to rise and fall in six distinctive patterns that could help to predict their popularity. At Cornell University, network analysts discovered that bad news appeared to fade fastest, weighed down by words with negative connotations. Good news more often floated to the top, buoyed in part by words with positive associations.
La Une / Front page, Courrier international, édition 21 juillet 2011.
(The cover says “What if China bought Europe? Peking is already benefiting from the Euro crisis.”)
The Serio-Comic War Map, 1877 collection de la British Library.
Letting pictures tell a story has proven to be a very powerful weapon. Twenty five years after the Octopus Map was first published, it was used again by Japanese propagandists to win European support against Russia during the Russo-Japanese war.
La communication des histoires grâce à des images s’est démontrée très puissante comme arme. 25 ans après la publication de la Carte Pieuvre, elle a été exploitée de nouveau par les Japonais lors de la Guerre russo-japonaise afin d’inciter l’appui des européens.