Writing Archive

Moods Across America

Californians are care-free; New Yorkers are bitter; Southerners are cheerful; and West Virginians are angry, right?  Those old stereotypes might actually have some truth, according to a new study that analyzed over three million tweets nationwide.
Harvard and Northeastern universities examined the words in people’s tweets over three years and assigned “word ratings,” as identified by [...]


Digging a 50 State Strategy

In the top ten on Digg’s “World & Business” section today is an item titled “Visual Validations of the 50 State Electoral Strategy” that links to a University of Michigan page with some fascinating cartograms. The digger and the author of the Michigan site make the point that each state is hardly of a [...]