This is great. I love it. In some ways, it’s proof of concept for my articles opener:
And anyone with access to the internet and a basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel can check for themselves. Here’s how you do it.
The funny truth is that I did the same thing as you back in 2015, both using national data and state data, just for the purposes of the ongoing Facebook argument, and eventually I got sick of retyping the things. So I cleaned it up a bit. I had to re-do it with more current data, for the Medium article, but the results were the same.
I’ll stash your bookmarks for my “homicide plan” piece, but it looks like I might not get around to it for two more articles. I have to do at least one that covers why, in very specific terms, we can’t reduce the number of guns in the USA, purely procedurally speaking, so we have to pursue other avenues. And that will take an entire article.
I’ve decided the punch line for the whole series isn’t going to be about guns at all, it’s going to be what I’ve learned about viral media drivers, and how monetization of those viral media drivers is literally what pushes all flavors of false narratives on both sides of the fence. I’m not even sure media bias is an unconscious thing anymore. I think it’s purely a business decision.