What Happened on June 2?

nohomophobes.com tracks mentions of homophobic slurs used on Twitter in real-time. There are a ton of lessons about hate speech we could delve into, but that’s not the point of my post. No, I want to look at the statistics here.

First off, here are the stats for today:

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I clicked over to the All Time tab and saw the following graph. Anything stand out to you?

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You see that spike on the pink, “No homo” line? What the heck is that all about? Click on it and you learn it happened on June 2.

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What happened on June 2, 2013 to cause that huge spike in the use of “No homo” on Twitter? Thanks to a little creative Googling, my friend @park_star thinks she has the answer. You want go give it a try?

h/t Eliot, with whom I teach.

3 thoughts on “What Happened on June 2?

  1. Bummer news. My guess was Russia’s ban on Homosexuals. Ugh. I love the fall out though with Rainbow walkways all over the world. Hope Obama steps up on this one and our athletes make a big F’in stink.

  2. This is a totally awesome addition to my data analysis unit in Math 2. Not only do we get to look at real data and ask some interesting questions about what it all means, but I get to address issues of diversity and respect for one another *at the same time*. Teacher jackpot right here.

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