Stories in Dataデータが語るストーリー


Some stories are hidden in the data, statistics, and surveys.
GfK institute’s consumer sentiment survey proved generosity in German people toward refugees/migrants, while we cannot simply conclude that things are going well there. Data shows certain results but cannot fully reflect the situation. The other survey shows that more people are against Angela Merkel’s Open-door refugee policy. Also, GfK survey was done by 13th of November, the day Paris Attack occurred, the event which hijacked some people’s mind toward Anti-Islamic sentiment…


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Paris Attack in the media パリ同時多発テロとメディア論争

Since The Paris Attack occurred on 13th November,2015, I have seen a lot of discussion going on within the social network site, which I call parallel world, and most of them were something new, something quite different from what I have seen.
Some criticized against people who seems like only showing condolences to Paris, people who changed Facebook profile photo with its new option, and “mainstream media” only covering tragedy occurred in developed countries.

Here is my opinion:
I used FB’s option because it was there, and using it would cheer someone who felt upset about the incident. Quite simple. This is a platform made by Americans so it reflects their value more. It will take a while before they think “oh, let’s make this option available to any kinds of incidents with all kinds of flags in all over the world”. When they made rainbow flag option, it went kind of universal but didn’t really hit audiences in my country where the issue is still not widely talked about. It is just one way to reflect your thoughts, and one way for FB to collect data. Such a consumer survey.
The Paris Attack can be the first incident which SNS users showed their sentiment massively and in such explicit way. When protests occurred in Taiwan and Hong Kong, some SNS users changed their profile pictures into black to show their support toward democracy, but that did not gain worldwide recognition. Therefore, that flag option ironically contributed to a greater debate. It made people aware, gave chance and base to talk about.



The international or mainstream media haven’t covered the bombing in Baghdad and Lebanon and other countries much? Then, how do you define mainstream media? If you are watching news given by domestic media, it will be domestic and if that’s western media, it will be western oriented because that’s what media think customer wants. For example, Aljazeera must have done a lot of coverage compared to BBC when it comes to incidents in Middle East. Then why you are upset that it wasn’t on other media which have different kind of audiences? For example, will people in Middle East be mad at Japanese mainstream media not covering the tragedy there? Do they see the importance of letting Japanese know about their situation? I guess not. That kind of madness, in other words, asking Western/ English-speaking/ so called mainstream media, represents how the speaker values each media/country.


Though Russia and Turkey are having trouble now, it seems like the world is getting united against the new enemy. But wait! It shouldn’t mean that things which the allies have done before will be written off.
Hero and villain are like the sides of a coin. Regardless which side we/they are, everyone is responsible for the bloodshed we/they caused.

I pray for the world and peace with little sacrifices.