There is a Twitter account started by two University of Vermont professors called Hedonometer that measures the average happiness of everyone’s tweets. On May 29th, it calculated that the civil unrest created by the death of George Floyd produced the saddest day ever on Twitter. While Twitter has only been in existence since 2006, it is still worth pausing to reflect on the significance of Mr. Floyd’s death – and its impact on society – by this and other measures.

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