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I was sure I missed something when I first saw this movie. Then the end happened and the beginning made sense.
What is the racial makeup of my social network? I’m pretty sure it’s close to this chart:
And that made me wonder, why?
This chart comes from The Atlantic out of the Michael Brown shooting and protests in Ferguson: white people don’t talk to black people about important political issues. As for myself, I hardly talk to anyone about political issues. In my daily life, I don’t want to explain how medical care should be a basic civil right for all people to the cashier at the grocery market. I don’t want to argue about gun control and gun violence with the lady in line at Starbucks. Those debates and conversations aren’t for random strangers that you will probably never see again. Those conversations are for friends and family that you can talk to civilly (for the most part) and continue to see, even if they don’t agree with you.
But, this isn’t about the conversations, this is about the makeup of my social network on Twitter and Facebook and Tumblr and Google+. How do you measure the racial parity of your networks without asking right out, what race people are?
I don’t have an answer for that. But, I hope that someone can find an answer and share the information.
I thought I would suggest this feature to ThinkUp. Maybe their talented team can figure out a way to analyse the racial makeup of your social networks. They can tell you some amazing things so, why not delve a little deeper into the network part of social networks?