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Good afternoon folks, and welcome to today’s statistical map, where we take our second look at Youtube views this ESC season. I’ve talked here about how useful YT views and likes can be to predict success at the contest - and indeed, some of the songs with the biggest hype (Belgium, France, the perennial Sweden) tend to see that hype reflected by huge viewing numbers. (As always, before someone points out the 100 m viewers of we use the videos playlisted and uploaded by the official Eurovision Song Contest channel - the version racking up the views is not the Eurovision version.)

Last month, five songs had cracked a million views on the official ESC account - since then, ten more have done the same, and 8 songs have racked up 1.5 million views or more. This is just shy of the 19 songs that had over a million views on the night before the semi-finals began last year - a number that I feel is likely to be excelled this year.

What I find really curious is the geographic distribution of views. Excepting the withdrawn Russia, the top 5 songs by views comprise 4 Western European nations (Sweden, Belgium, San Marino [have they been streaming non stop in the Serene Republic?] and France), with only Macedonia making an incursion for the east. The bottom 5 by views, on the other hand, is entirely eastern and post-93 ESC members: Slovenia, Croatia, Lithuania, Bulgaria and Georgia, though it must be noted that Bulgaria previously had over a million views on their lyric video and unleashed their visual video quite late.

In typical ESC years, there is usually more balance between West and East, with a number of Eastern nations doing incredibly well. 2017 seems like the year of the West, however: only 4 post-1993 nations (Azerbaijan, Armenia, Serbia and Macedonia) have cracked a million views compared to 9 pre-1993 ESC members. It’s particularly surprising for me to see Poland and Ukraine, whose videos usually get a lot of views, not making much of an impression this year.

Of course, there is more than one way the YT data is useful - and it is important to look not only at the sheer number of views but the rate at which the number of views is expanding. Many songs can gain a large number of (often domestic) views when first released, which then peters out - whilst other songs may start off with fewer views but see their figures increase steadily over time with repeat listeners and new viewers

Instead of east-west, we see something of a crude north-south divide, with most northern nations having a below average increase in views (108.5% being the average increase) and most southern nations having an above average increase. There are always exceptions, but these are surprisingly very zonal: the three Baltic nations are amongst the very few northern nations with a faster than average view increase, with Estonia’s almost 300% increase in views being the highest of them all, whilst most of the slower-than-average; whilst most of the slower than average view counts are for countries in the Balkans and the island nations of Malta and Cyprus.

A full data table can be found below!

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The Confessions Wall (teenlock)

A teenlock fic based off a headcanon by the lovely @grumpy-swoop

Idk how to do italics so everything in an ** is in italics, and i also can’t link the original text post but i’m sure you’ve seen it anyway it’s great

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The Confessions Wall (teenlock)

*I am in love with Sherlock Holmes.*

The Confessions Wall is on the east side of the bottom corridor that leads to the locker rooms and is lined with language classrooms. John stood facing his scrawled handwriting, tongue resting between his lips and hand still hesitating in mid air.

Suddenly the bell went and John jumped out of skin, hurriedly scratching out his writing so hard that the plaster came off the wall. *Shit idea,* he told himself as he turned sharply to go. *Really, colossally shit idea.*


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I'm Not A Riot Grrrl

Over the past few years, I have been called a “Riot Grrrl” on numerous occasions. I think Riot Grrrls are pretty cool but I am not one and to tell you the truth, I’m not even sure that I could claim to have influenced or impacted that movement at all. Many of the women who were involved in creating Riot Grrrl were completely unaware of the women involved in creating the “first wave” punk scene. 

By the time the male-dominated punk scene of the mid-late 1980′s created the need for women to call “girls to the front,” the systematic erasure of female
contributions to the West Coast punk scene had already been long

There was a time when women involved in the punk scene were simply called “punks.” No differentiators, qualifiers or labels were needed. For those first, crucial, formative years of punk during the late 1970’s, we all felt empowered, we all felt equal. We were co-creators of punk. To negate that part of punk history is to once again negate the contributions of women. Turning us all into Riot Grrrls positions us in a different time and location. I am not from Olympia; I am from East L.A.

Top to bottom: Kira Roessler, Penelope Houston, Dianne Chai, Karla Maddog, Trudie Arguelles, Patricia Morrison, Phranc, The Go-Go’s, Punks on the stairs at the Elks Lodge in Los Angeles, 1978.

In 1990, when Bikini Kill was being formed, I was playing in a band called Las Tres at Troy Café in downtown Los Angeles. Las Tres was made up of three Chicana punks. Like the Riot Grrrls, we clearly identified as feminist but we wrote and performed songs in English and Spanish about being women, about being brown. We were influenced by the sound of Mexican trios, which we fused with the spirit of punk rock. Maybe you’ve never heard of Troy Cafe, or Las Tres, or Mexican trios, but we were there, doing our own thing - not Riot Grrrls, but every bit as valid and meaningful.

So, while I praise the Riot Grrrl movement for advancing the cause of feminism with creativity and courage, please don’t call me a Riot Grrrl. I am a punk. My story matters and it doesn’t need to be changed or re-labeled.


Top: the Capitol Music Hall in Wheeling, West Virginia.  It was longtime home of Jamboree USA, the Saturday night live country music show broadcast on WWVA 1170 AM from 1926 until 1977.  The program was the second-longest running radio show in the United States, after WSM’s Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Jamboree USA annually drew hundreds of thousands of music fans to Wheeling, where both local and nationally known acts would perform.  The powerful 50,000 watt WWVA signal carried well into the Northeast and Midwest. 

Bottom: looking east across the Ohio River toward Wheeling, West Virginia.  At the left is the landmark Wheeling Suspension Bridge. which dates to the mid-nineteenth century; on the right is the rear of the Capitol Music Hall, which faces 10th Street, Wheeling.

Top photo from the Flickr account of “Thomas”, taken September 14, 2013.  Bottom photo from the Flickr page of Cynthia Wenslow, taken August 13, 2011.


Sometimes when you are taking photos things happen you aren’t aware of, like the gem above (first pic).  You just gotta love Wade.  Not only can he mug for the camera but then, every once in awhile you get the bottom picture.

PAX East 2016, autograph session

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[top] “Sheila Hicks in 1966, working on her original tapestries at the Ford Foundation building on the East Side of Manhattan.”

[bottom] “Sheila Hicks today in front of the new tapestries at building.” (NYTimes)