As Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, much of the international media coverage was focused on an inauguration like no other. Our NodeXL #ddj mapping from January 18 to 24 found a Washington Post analysis of the president’s first address to the nation and a Bloomberg project visualizing the enhanced measures put in place to deal with concerns about security and the coronavirus. In this edition, we also feature a complete list of ex-President Donald Trump’s Twitter insults by The New York Times, an interactive map to follow Germany’s “super election year,” and a discussion of disability, race, and patriarchy in data visualization.
Biden’s Inauguration Speech
The world watched closely as Joe Biden delivered his first presidential address on January 20. The new US commander-in-chief called for unity and expressed his ambition to restore the nation’s faith in democracy. His address also featured many words that had never been used in an inaugural speech before. The Washington Post’s infographic highlighted some of the words — such as “folks,” “virus,” and “extremism” — making their inauguration debut.
Folks, Virus, Crucible, Shoes: These are some of the words in Biden's speech that no other president had spoken in an inaugural address pic.twitter.com/T5erumwXKj
— Post Graphics (@PostGraphics) January 20, 2021
What a High Security Inauguration Looks Like
The US presidential inauguration came just two weeks after the US Capitol riots, so in addition to precautions against the spread of COVID-19, the ceremony was marked by extraordinary security measures. Bloomberg produced an interactive map to illustrate the extensive planning and coordination behind an inauguration like no other.
Cute map alert ding ding ding! Joe Biden's presidential inauguration is unlike any in modern history. Here's a look at the super high security measures for the day. with @rachaeldottle and @ChloeWhiteaker. via @BBGVisualData https://t.co/AOXkYfyZ9k pic.twitter.com/7uuRDo2qeJ
— Jeremy C.F. Lin 林辰峰 (@Jeremy_CF_Lin) January 19, 2021
COVID-19 Vaccine Conspiracy Theories
While governments worldwide move forward with vaccine rollout plans, false claims and conspiracy theories about immunization campaigns continue to circulate on social media. Nate Silver’s data news and analysis site FiveThirtyEight examined the arguments between vaccine supporters and those in the anti-vaccination movement, and looked at Facebook’s efforts to curb the spread of misinformation.
The antivaxx community is nothing new on Facebook, but these sentiments are bleeding into otherwise neutral areas of the site, diluting conversations around the COVID-19 vaccine right when we need good science information more than ever.
My latest: https://t.co/KU9a9Ir22d
— Kaleigh Rogers (@KaleighRogers) January 22, 2021
End of the Merkel Era
Germany has entered a “super election year” with important regional elections in six of the country’s 16 states. The federal election on September 26 will mark the end of an era with Angela Merkel due to step down after four terms as chancellor. The newspaper Berliner Morgenpost built a special platform to follow the latest election news and polls as voters prepare to cast their ballots.
Die interaktive Datenübersicht zum #superwahljahr von @morgenpost / @funkeinteraktiv / @webk1d ist übrigens grandios. Weil ich da noch *sehr* oft reinschauen werde, direkt auf den Homescreen gewandert. #ddj
— Max Boenke (@mx_boenke) January 23, 2021
Vaccinations: When Is Your Turn?
While immunization campaigns are still in their early stages, many countries have already identified priority vaccination groups. In Germany, the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung created an interactive tool to help readers find out when they can expect to get their appointment.
— Christian Endt (@c_endt) January 22, 2021
During his time in office, then-President Trump was infamous for his use of social media. Before Twitter suspended his account on January 8, he often used the platform to post verbal attacks on his opponents and critics. The New York Times published a list documenting Trump’s Twitter insults from the time he declared his candidacy in 2015 to the day he was permanently banned.
Here's a complete list of Trump's Twitter insults, from when he declared his candidacy for president in June 2015 to when Twitter permanently barred him on Jan. 8, 2021. https://t.co/LJABkL2von
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 20, 2021
Coups and Democracy
In the aftermath of the attack on the Capitol, the world tried to make sense of what the unprecedented event might mean for the future of US democracy. Looking for answers, The Washington Post analyzed data compiled by John Polga-Hecimovich, a Naval Academy political scientist, on 64 “self-coups” attempted worldwide since 1900.
Self-coup attempts, like the one Trump instigated, usually do long-lasting damage to democracies. We're at a critical point in terms of mitigating the fallout. But for that to happen, there needs to be accountability and democratic reform. https://t.co/nkhDv6v4BA pic.twitter.com/e1s2QV3v51
— Christopher Ingraham (@_cingraham) January 22, 2021
Making Flying Green
In an attempt to make air travel less environmentally harmful, a UN-brokered deal came into force in January. The Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation scheme aims to curb the sector’s net greenhouse gas emissions. But according to an analysis by Deutsche Welle, the mechanism is flawed and unlikely to live up to its promises.
[Thread] The UN's biggest attempt to make flying green took off this year – and experts say it's "worse than nothing." A DW analysis finds the deal will allow airlines to pollute for free for at least six more years: https://t.co/N9SFlerfb9
— DW Global Ideas & Environment (@dw_environment) January 22, 2021
How to Make Data Visualization Better
Infographics often make information more beautiful, but some common design flaws make them inaccessible for visually impaired viewers. In a Twitter thread, data visualization engineer Frank Elavsky suggests ways designers can think beyond colorblindness when considering disabled communities.
Data visualization cares disproportionately far too much about designing for colorblindness relative to other disabilities that are more common (visual impairments included).
(A thread on disability, race, and patriarchy in data visualization.)
— Frank ⌁ (@FrankElavsky) January 18, 2021
Philip Meyer Award Winners
The New York Times’ coronavirus tracking project was the big winner this year at IRE’s coveted Philip Meyer Awards, which recognize the best reporting produced using social science methods. Other publications honored by the judges include The Boston Globe, Reuters, The Marshall Project, and Slate.
Congratulations to the 2020 Philip Meyer Award winners!
1st place: @nytimes
2nd place: @BostonGlobe
3rd place: @Reuters
Honorable mention: @MarshallProj & @Slate https://t.co/NrbR5cIeMj pic.twitter.com/46HWvTxnXR
— IRE and NICAR (@IRE_NICAR) January 19, 2021
Peter Georgiev is GIJN’s social media and engagement editor. Previously, he was part of NBC News’ investigative unit in New York. He also worked as a correspondent for Bulgarian National Television and his reporting has been published by the Guardian, Deutsche Welle, and other international outlets.
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