Sandy's Psychological Impact, in Living Color

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Warning: Before you click 'play' on this video, I recommend that you turn the volume down, because the music is jaw-droppingly hokey. Aside from that, though, I think this is pretty cool--a kind of time-lapse emotional thermometer of the United States as it endured Hurricane Sandy. The video is based on a computer analysis of the "location, intensity, and tone" of Sandy-related tweets, according to the Facebook page for the Global Twitter Heartbeat project (a collaboration between the University of Illinois and Silicon Graphics International). Second warning: They freeze the action right before Sandy makes landfall, milking the drama. But it's worth the wait, IMHO.


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Robert Wright is the author of, most recently, the New York Times bestseller The Evolution of God and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is a former writer and editor at The Atlantic. More

Wright is also a fellow at the New America Foundation and editor in chief of Bloggingheads.tv. His other books include Nonzero, which was named a New York Times Book Review Notable Book in 2000 and included on Fortune magazine's list of the top 75 business books of all-time. Wright's best-selling book The Moral Animal was selected as one of the ten best books of 1994 by The New York Times Book Review.Wright has contributed to The Atlantic for more than 20 years. He has also contributed to a number of the country's other leading magazines and newspapers, including: The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, Time, and Slate, and the op-ed pages of The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Financial Times. He is the recipient of a National Magazine Award for Essay and Criticism and his books have been translated into more than a dozen languages.

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