Lil Boosie Freedom Watch

Lil-Boosie-Dalai-LamaWe at The Red Shtick are pleased to introduce the latest in our groundbreaking series of cutting-edge comedy tools built around the newest developments in data journalism. This time, we have tackled an important hot-button civil rights issue of the early teens: Freedom for Lil Boosie.

Just as an entire generation once fought for the right for all people to sit together and eat lunch, ride the bus, or go to school whether they be beige or mocha, so, too, do Lil Boosie’s followers rise up in a united (but somewhat more profane) voice against the continued incarceration of and/or other legal inconveniences facing Lil Boosie.

The tool pulls and analyzes two types of data: tweets sent with the #freeboosie tag and those sent with #freetibet.

The orange line represents tweets with #FreeBoosie. Blue is #FreeTibet tweets. CLICK FOR FULL DATA ANALYSIS.
The orange line represents tweets with #FreeBoosie. Blue is #FreeTibet tweets. CLICK FOR FULL DATA ANALYSIS.

So, we have pulled tweets for much of October (there were so many tweets that technical limitations kept us from pulling farther back) and have put them on a graph so you can check out each day and see if the volume of chat on Twitter indicated that we would soon Let Freedom Ring or if, instead, it was time to Throw Away the Key.

However, we needed a baseline. Some reference point. So, we grabbed some piddling, unimportant cause that nobody gives a rat’s ass about (judging by relative volume of tweets, that is) – freeing Tibet from Chinese rule.

In other words, the tool pulls and analyzes two types of data: tweets sent with the #freeboosie tag and those sent with #freetibet.

Turns out those sherpa sumguns are outta luck. Sure, Tibet has the Dalai Lama on its side. But Boosie has Dirty Badazz. How can Mr. Lama compete with that?RedShtick-Top-ColumnStop

About Jared Kendall

Jared Kendall
A freelance data journalist and father of two, Jared Kendall has been using comedy as a coping mechanism his entire life. Born a Yankee, Jared's twenty-year stint in Baton Rouge still leaves him with one question: "Why'd I move here, again?"

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