Monrovia Feels: twitter scraping to show emotions during the 2014 Ebola outbreak
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Viewers see tweets appear over the location of Liberia on a map of Africa. These tweets all contain the phrase "I feel".
The project aims to show a more humanized voice of people in Monrovia to challenge the dehumanizing representations of West African people in popular news media during the outbreak. I wanted to show that people in Monrovia who were affected by the outbreak expressed thoughts not unlike the thoughts of Americans consuming news media that repeatedly depicted Liberians as age-old stereotypes. I wanted to show the voices of people affected by the outbreak and how easy it is to relate with them.
I used Processing and the Twitter API to scrape tweets from the geo-coordinate location of the JFK Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia and displayed them over that location on an image of Africa with a radiating signal that accompanies each tweet.