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The Shockingly Large Disparity Between Online Interest In Entertainment Vs. Syria

On social media, a lack of interest in Syria.

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Since chemicals weapons were used in Syria on Aug. 21, there have been 12.2 million tweets mentioning Syria, according to Twitter. (Note: This was before President Obama's speech.)

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This number includes "syria," "#Syria," "siria," "damascus," "#unsg," "chemical weapons," "assad," "#assad," "assads," "#prayforpeace," or "#talksyria."

The number of "tweets per minute" — which Twitter uses to measure engagement — about Obama and Syria peaked at 1,553 TPM on Aug. 31 at 1:58 p.m.

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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