That’s not as exciting, but it sometimes works out just fine.The only way to introduce this post is to say that yes, a bunch of really naive and/or, in the case of the local television news media, willfully idiotic, people thought that there was going to be a 'purge' -- a 12 hour period where all crime is made legal -- in Louisville, Kentucky on the night of Friday, August 15th, 2014.
But perhaps more interesting than just the overall spatial distribution is how this distribution evolved over time, from the first geotagged tweet all the way through the cycle of hype and hysteria that led the Louisville Purge to be featured on any number of national news websites.
In the series of maps below, we have divided all of the tweets in our dataset into a series of (more-or-less arbitrary) time frames that give a good idea of when and where the news spread to other parts of the country .
The police have been more active in the city since random gang attacks began happening earlier in the year, reports Louisville's Wave3 News.
The teen said that he didn’t know his social media prank would actually scare people.
Indeed, they are — all in cities where “The Purge: Anarchy” is currently playing in theaters.
It’s almost like someone with a financial stake in the film’s ticket sales are preying on media with a financial stake in scaring people in order to get higher ratings.It turned out to be three guys promoting their horror movie production company.Last year, the folks behind the “Carrie” remake pulled off a publicity stunt in which coffee shop customers were shocked to see a young woman unleash a can of telekinetic whoopass on some poor fool who spilled coffee on her.Starting with a single tweet from a local high school student, things quickly grew out of control, with #Louisville Purge becoming a trending topic nationally by the time things were all said and done.While the best tweets referencing the purge made light of the phenomena, there were many, many more expressing confusion, fear, bewilderment and a desire to save the poor souls who might have been convinced to participate in such an event.I started feeling really bad about it because people's mamma's talkin' bout movin' to Indiana for the night and stuff. I apologize to everybody in Louisville, I love my city it's where I was born and raised.