'Weight of Thought’ visualises this intensity of debates through tracking relevant Twitter hashtags.

Different opinions lead to a discussion, where each opinion should have the same weight. This it the common understanding of debates and the backbone of democracy. Yet, the intensity of a debate can differ. While some topics are heatedly discussed and maybe even fought about, others are easily agreed on.

In the age of the internet everybody gets the opportunity to voice their opinion and everybody’s opinion can be heard. However, just like in a reality every opinion has the same weight - in fact, every tweet weighs exactly 0.02g, the amount of Carbon Dioxide it emits.

‘Weight of Thought’ consists of a machine (harmonograph), which draws a line that weighs exactly 0,02 gram of char coal, for each time a hashtag is used in real time. The more discussed and therefore more controversial a topic, the darker and denser the drawings become.
#refugeeswelcome - 10 min
#refugeeswelcome - 10 min
#fridaysforfuture - 10 min
#fridaysforfuture - 10 min
#afd - 10 min
#afd - 10 min
#climatechange - 10 min
#climatechange - 10 min
#trump - 10 min
#trump - 10 min
#metoo - 10 min
#metoo - 10 min
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