A Chrome Extension for determining how charged your news is.
How to Use
Navigate to any site that displays its headlines as links. Click on the Charged icon in your Google Chrome browser toolbar. Within a few seconds, highlights will slowly begin to appear across the headlines, indicating which ones use positive language, and which ones use negative language. Neutral headlines will be left un-highlighted. The extension has to crawl across the entire web page, so full analysis may take a minute. The analysis is based on keywords and an external API, so is not perfect, but in general we have found it to be 90% accurate.
News sources claim to be neutral, but can often spin headlines and articles to be positive or negative, skewing the reader's judgement of the subject matter without their awareness of it. This tool highlights the sentiment contained in the language used by the news source, and the reader can then assess whether the news is being delivered with any sort of bias. Pay special attention to trends on whether specific topics and individuals are being shown in a predominantly positive or negative light.