Top 10 stories behind the moods of 2013

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Let's look back at eventful and emotional 2013.

 

The top moods of 2013 are happy, angry, inspired and sad.

The moods are chosen by readers and viewers using Rappler’s patented user engagement model, which turns news events into crowdsourced data helping give a bird’s eye-view of 2013.  Watch 2013 in Moods, Rappler’s review of the year.

2013 is a year of what economist Joseph Schumpeter called creative destruction – a revolution that is “incessantly destroying the old one, incessantly creating the new one.” 

From natural disasters to politics, Filipinos saw much destroyed – from large swathes of villages and countryside to what has been called institutionalized corruption, the pork barrel, often greasing the wheels of politics.

Much wealth has also been created – with the economy reaching new highs and investment grade status for the first time from the 3 top ratings agencies.  And Filipinos must rebuild after the worst earthquake in 23 years and the world’s worst typhoon to hit land in recent history.

2013 is a year of destruction and creation – a year of turbulent transition.

Here’s the year in moods, chosen by you as we lived through them.

Happy and angry dominated the moods, taking up almost half of the votes cast in 2013.

28% of the votes cast were happy, 20.9% were angry, 11.6% sad, 11.2% inspired, 9.5% annoyed, 8.7% amused, 6.4% don’t care, and 3.7% afraid.

Most of the happy votes were cast mid-year, from May to July. Netizens were happy because Japan relaxed its visa rules for Filipinos, the Supreme Court of the United States overturned the ban on gay marriage, and because of President Aquino’s 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA). In fact, the SONA recorded the most number of votes of any story in 2013.

After happy, the mood turned angry in August and September because of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam – where current and former lawmakers were accused of misuse of their discretionary funds. 8 of the top 10 stories which contributed the most angry votes in 2013 are about the PDAF scam.

In November, Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), the most powerful typhoon to hit land on record, barrelled through the Visayas leaving behind trail of death and destruction. The deathtoll and damage saddened the nation, and the slow response and lack of leadership angered us.

Take a look at the top 10 stories that received the most votes in 2013. 

 StoryAfraidAmusedAngryAnnoyedDon’t CareHappyInspiredSad
1 AS IT HAPPENS: SONA 2013 2% 3% 7% 6% 4% 64% 10% 4%
2 AS IT HAPPENS: Napoles testifies at the Senate 1% 5% 72% 12% 2% 3% 2% 3%
3 Pope to resign Feb 28, says spokesman 0% 1% 0% 0% 40% 3% 40% 16%
4 Hontiveros to Casiño: Why mum on NPA abuses 0% 3% 1% 1% 38% 50% 6% 0%
5 Napoles’ daughter blogs about lavish lifestyle 0% 2% 84% 6% 1% 2% 1% 2%
6 Napoles lawyer threatens, Rappler replies 0% 6% 83% 3% 1% 4% 2% 1%
7 How Janet Lim Napoles got away 1% 1% 88% 3% 2% 2% 1% 2%
8 Janet Napoles and a tragic past 1% 2% 77% 4% 2% 2% 2% 10%
9 UP student plagiarizes prize-winning photos 0% 9% 66% 7% 1% 1% 1% 14%
10 Napoles Revilla sons are business partners 1% 2% 84% 4% 2% 3% 1% 3%

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