This map from Foreign Policy magazine absolutely floored us. It charts out every protest recorded in the news since 1979. Here’s all the known protests in December of 1980, for example…
The world seems relatively quiet, and you’re probably thinking – there had to be more protests than that in 1980, especially in Cold War-era Eastern Europe. But this is the part where I remind you that the results are only as good as the data, pulled from international news reporting, which may have been censored or from state-run sources.
Either way, it’s crazy to look at the map in August of 2012. It’s like the whole world went into flames.
Foreign Policy says that a number of factors may have influenced the results of the more current data, like social media or increased interest in protest reporting. But a few things are clear: people around the world are exercising their right to protest and the media – if anything – are certainly listening. The question now is this: Are the people in power?
View the interactive map here.