Google Analysis: Michael Brown and BlackLivesMatter Movement, Sandy Hook and Gun Control

Is there a correlation between the Michael Brown case and Black Lives Matter Movement?

In 2014, the Michael Brown case took off on social media. According to the analysis of  google trends, the search for Michael Brown skyrocketed twice. Once in August when the case was fresh and then once more in November. An explanation can be made to why the search for Michael Brown soared in November. November is when the case finally went to trial.

In 2016, is when the BlackLivesMatter movement gained some traction on social media. According to the analysis of google trends we see that the movement did have some searches during the Michael Brown case but very few. The movement gained traction two years later in July of 2016.

In conclusion, one would think the BlackLivesMatter movement would have higher search rates during the Michael Brown case. The reason why that is not the case is because the movement did not start until two years later. Even though the movement was searched more often two years later it never reached its peak like the Michael Brown search.

Sandy Hook Shooting Sparks Change in Gun Control Laws

In December of 2012 is when the Sandy Hook school shooting took place. This tragedy claimed the lives of 28 people. According to the analysis of google trends, Sandy Hook reached its search peak in December and gradually declined after the initial peak.

During the rise of the Sandy Hook search the search for gun control also rose. The correlation between the two makes sense because outrage of how easy it is to purchase or obtain a gun. Many people believe this shooting could have been avoided if there were more gun laws in the United States.

The search for gun control did not reach its peak but did spike with Sandy Hook. An assumption could be made that more people were more interested in Sandy Hook than gun control alone. This could be because Sandy Hook was an event and gun control is an after effect. No matter which search term had the most searches they both feed off each other. If one topic is more searched then the other will be searched along with it.


Quinn: MAP Grants Key To Student Success

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Gov. Pat Quinn talks about MAP grants at DePaul University. (Photo by Josclynn Brandon)

By Bob Smith

Gov. Pat Quinn visited DePaul University’s Loop campus on Wednesday to discuss how pension reform is harming the Monetary Award Program (MAP) college scholarships and access to higher education in Illinois.

“This is so important to our state, not only in the past, but certainly now and in the future,” Quinn said.
“We want everyone to have the opportunity to go to college that has the ability to go to college.”

MAP grants are need-based college scholarships that allow merit students who are in need across the state and do not need to be repaid by the student. Quinn said that due to cutbacks and having to pay more money in the pension amount, almost 18,000 students lost their MAP grant scholarships this year.

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