Exploring @darkmtn & Associates

Whenever I take an interest in a new group, like The Dark Mountain Project,  I examine their social network. Starting with the team page I found eight core members on Twitter.

Dark Mountain Core Members

Dark Mountain Core Members

And 811 of the people they follow.

Dark Mountain Core's 819 Follows

Dark Mountain Core’s 819 Follows

Who is mentioned is often more interesting than who is followed; this data represents activity, and it’s timestamped if we want to focus on a particular temporal window.

2933 Mentions By Dark Mountain Core

2933 Mentions By Dark Mountain Core

Dark Mountain Core & 128 Mentions

Dark Mountain Core & 128 Mentions

Dialing back to just accounts mentioned by three or more of the eight led to a quite manageable set of 128 mentions, which I then manually trimmed, removing media figures and news sources. We’ll hunting for interesting humans here, not entities they criticize. After a little manual work there are 112 accounts mentioned by the core members that seem worthy of manual examination.

112 Top Mentions

112 Top Mentions

And then one last click, viewing only accounts mentioned by at least four of the eight core members leaves us with this:

38 Top Mentions

38 Top Mentions

I already recognize @aeonmag as a source of insightful, provocative writing, but the rest of these are wholly new to me.

And I’m a bit worried to start reading … because this feels like the beginning of my foray into peak oil and energy policy a decade ago. There were months of despondence and depression, even when I saw a potential path out of it. This … this is a full on acceptance of a worst case estimate of what the Anthropocene means … and I think we’ve made our own slow motion Toba.

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