Sewol Ferry Disaster Still Most Mentioned Issue in 2015 on Social Media

Kyung Ho Kim, Dec. 30, 2015, 8:01 a.m.

The ferry disaster of April 2014 that took the lives of over 300 people, mostly high school students, remained the most frequently mentioned issue in 2015.That shows how deep the scars were that the disaster left in the hearts and minds of the Korean public. According to pollster Matrix tabulating the 80 most frequently used keywords on Twitter over the last year, the ferry Sewol was mentioned 3.1 million times.

Second was Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (1.91 million times), while "state history textbooks" (578,351 times) rode to a strong late third place after they were first mooted in October.Cho Il-sang of Matrix said every time a tragedy occurs, people refer to it as "another Sewol disaster," so it has become a symbol and is likely to get a lot more mentions. "Spy cams" was fourth amid a panic surrounding peeping-Tom footage from women's locker rooms last summer. Fifth was "chef" due to the explosive popularity of TV cooking shows.


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