The Speculator's Chart

The Speculators Chart refers to a dataset compiled from one question entered into the search bars of the World’s largest and most used search engines.

The question posed was who is to blame for the global economic crisis; potential culprits were then gleaned from how frequently they appeared to be discussed in English on the related links. One hundred links were looked at for each site and percentages were calculated from the frequency of specific culprits being the subject of discussion in relation to one another on that particular site.

The results:

Baidu (Chinese-Japanese): creditors/banks x 11 (33%); government interference (US) x 6 (18%); corporate elite (greed) x 6 (18%); deregulation x 3 (9%); media x 2 (6%); IMF; emerging markets (China); Greece; moral failure; abandonment of the gold standard (all 3%).

Bing: government interference (US) x 15 (18%); corporate elite (greed) x 15 (18%); creditors/banks x 8 (9.7%); general public (borrowing) x 8 (9.7%); government interference (general) x 6 (7.3%); housing bubble x 5 (6%); deregulation x 5 (6%); Jews x 4 (4.8%); Federal Reserve x 3 (3.65%); global imbalance x 3 (3.65%); media x 2 (2.4%); EU x 2 (2.4%); UK x 2 (2.4%); IMF; moral failure; Germany; emerging markets (China) (all 1.2%).

Blekko (spam-free): government interference (US) x 7 (21%); emerging markets (China) x 6 (18%); EU x 5 (15%); housing bubble x 4 (12%); corporate elite (greed) x 3 (9%); government interference (general) x 3 (9%); Federal Reserve x 2 (6%); deregulation x 2 (6%); creditors/banks (3%).

Google: government interference (US) x 16 (17.9%); Federal Reserve x 10 (11%); creditors/banks x 9 (10%); general public (borrowing) x 8 (8.9%); speculation/Wall St x 6 (6.7%); moral failure x 6 (6.7%); deregulation x 5 (5.6%); emerging markets (China) x 5 (5.6%); corporate elite (greed) x 5 (5.6%); Jews x 4 (4%); housing bubble x 3 (3%); government interference (general) x 2 (2%); IMF x 2 (2%); EU x 2 (2%); media; Greece; Italy; gay people global imbalance; Germany (all 1%).

Soso.com (Chinese): government interference (US) x 13 (16.6%); general public (borrowing) x 11 (14%); creditors/banks x 10 (12.8%); deregulation x 8 (10%); housing bubble x 5 (6%); UK x 4 (5%); EU x 4 (5%); federal reserve x 4 (5%); corporate elite (greed) x 3 (3.8%); emerging markets (China) x 3 (3.8%); global imbalance x 3 (3.8%); government interference x 2 (2.5%); Greece x 2 (2.5%); Germany x 2 (2.5%); overweight people x 2 (2.5%); moral failure; IMF (both 1%).

Yahoo!: government interference (US) x 16 (20%); general public (borrowing) x 10 (12.6%); corporate elite (greed) x 10 (12.6%); housing bubble x 8 (10%); government interference (general) x 7 (8.8%); creditors/banks x 5 (6%); Federal Reserve x 4 (5%); Jews x 4 (5%); deregulation x 4 (5%); emerging markets (China) x 3 (3.79%); EU x 2 (2.5%); media x 2 (2.5%); UK; moral failure; Germany; IMF (all 1%).

Yandex (Russian): government interference (US) x 17 (23.9%); creditors/banks x 12 (16.9%); general public (borrowing) x 7 (9.85%); corporate elite (greed) x 7 (9.85%); Federal Reserve x 6 (8%); global imbalance x 4 (5.6%); emerging markets (China) x 4 (5.6%); housing bubble x 3 (4%); UK x 3 (4%); deregulation x 3 (4%); EU x 2 (2.81%); lack of sun spots; unions; gay people (all 1%).

The visual interpretation of the dataset is rendered as a bubble graph with each circle sized according to the results, also known as a spot-painting and available in poster form:
 
From the diversity of answers that each search run offered, the popularity of culprits under discussion were subtly, but tellingly different, although overall patterns did emerge: government interference in markets was regularly to blame, with a differentiation made between blame directed at the US government and in cases where blame is put upon any and all government interference in markets (described as general government interference in the dataset, although such general big government references did not appear at all on Russia’s largest search engine Yandex).
 
 
 

 

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