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.
How have stories changed in the age of social media? The minds behind House of Cards, This American Life, and The Moth discuss.