If you ask any American what the biggest thing on TV was in the last couple of months they will say one of two things: twerking or Syria. Of course there is a big difference between the two. Twerking is the dance craze (if one can even call it dancing) that has swept the nation, and made even more topical by Miley Cyrus’s controversial performance at the VMAs. Syria is the Middle Eastern country that has been embroiled in a bloody civil war for the past few years, has used chemical weapons, and is in danger from suffering the wrath of the United States military.
In an effort to gauge popular American opinion on these two vastly different topics, the site Floating Sheep has mapped out the number of tweets containing the word “twerk” and the number of tweets containing “Syria” from July 1, 2012 to September 11, 2013. During this time period, “twerk” was tweeted 700,000 times, while Syria only garnered 75,000 tweets. This disparity was made up over the last month when Syria was in the news while Obama hemmed and hawed over whether or not to conduct military strikes against the country.
Yes, these statistics are disheartening. But Washingtonians can give themselves a big pat on the back, for being the only population in the United States to take Syria more seriously than twerking. D.C. had three times more tweets about Syria than twerking compared to the rest of the nation, which tweeted “twerk” three more times than “Syria”. Yay for education and political awareness!
I can’t help but beam with pride at my fellow Washingtonians for taking to Twitter for the important topics rather than the frivolous. As someone who tweeted quite a bit regarding Syria, and didn’t tweet about twerking once (I did have have to go back and check and whew, no twerking tweets) I think that the proximity to the news from Capitol Hill makes it much easier to be hyper informed when it comes to politics versus pop culture. That, and I can’t help but share this guy’s views when it comes to twerking: