#OccupyGezi: The Power of Images

A Data Study on the Viral Power of Images

Resist, Istambul

The spark of a revolution: the peaceful resistance of citizens against police disproportion

"Two ‘TOMA’ (In Turkish: Toplumsal Olaylara Müdahale Aracı, in English: Intervention Vehicle to Social Events) and a woman!" This tweet summarized the disproportionate police actions during protests in Turkey (particularly in Istanbul and Ankara). A disproportion that shows how the establishment fears new forms of protest. It happened also in Tahrir, Zuccotti Park, 15M protests in Spain, Mexico or Brazil.

"Dude, don't be scared. It's us. The people": a sentence painted on a Turkish street. In the new revolutions, violence is opposed with humor and peaceful resistance. The police action against unarmed people creates symbols such as "The Woman in Red" from Gezi Park, and powerful images of citizenship, empowered, resisting, like this woman in Barcelona or this other woman from Taksim. Gezi resistance gave rise to a new term to refer to the Turkish capital, "ResIstambul".

Viral notes

Date Ranges
2013/06/03 21:25:04 GMT - 2013/06/11 21:11:10 GMT
Number of tweets including the image:
Original image tweet
Viral hubs (>10RT)
Viral half-life
45m 33'' to reach half of tweets (789)
Diffusion speed peak
2.1 tweets/second
Estimated reach
1484465 accounts
The most 'spread out' viralization, with up to ten viral nodes, shows us that a distributed network of not-so-high Twitter profiles can keep up with viralizations based on fewer but more powerful nodes (in fact, in this case, 45minutes of viral half-life ranks as really good viral power)
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