We are experimenting with the new “Disqus” API in house. In this video, I show results from a 5-day query against the public API for the term Syria. The 50,000+ results are drawn from a variety of mass media discussion boards, including Al Jazeera, Fox News & CNN. When the results are de-duplicated and machine clustered, an interesting pattern of form-letter commenting is revealed. Further research is needed to see if this is spontaneous or coordinated. Either way, it is a novel parallel to mass e-mail campaigns.
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