May 13th 2019
The past week has been the quietest since we’ve been doing weekly summaries of the partisan media (remember the method: take frequent phrases, subtract the prior week, and subtract phrases from the center media).
On the right: /spotted in game of thrones/ indeed, a Starbucks coffee cup in a scene with DAENERYS TARGARYEN. We also saw /mosque attack/, presumably as much the past Christchurch, NZ attack as the Sri Lankan news today. /alt-left socialist-dnc party/ is new, though all of the components are old. And /full-time vocational christian ministry/. /heartbeat bill/ made an appearance with /teenage girls/, /abortion clinic/, and /birth control/. /socialist, islamic supremacist/. Farther down, we see /illegal immigrant/, /israeli citizens/, /security and lasting peace/, /trump tax returns/, and /trump tax/.
On the left: /sloppy trash/, /reduce waste, streamline workflows/, and /reduce waste/. /pretty penny/ and /prioritized cutting costs and boosting efficiency/. /partisan gerrymandering cases/ and /partisan gerrymander/. We do see /winterfell starbucks/, to match the top concern on the right. /chairman elijah cummings/. /voter fraud/. /expose government and corporate abuses of power/. /midst of social media/ is newly poetic.
Is the left too quiet about the heartbeat bill, which is a hot button on social media? Has the right got nothing new to say about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Alyssa Milano (the latter continues to appear in viral rightwing social media for her recent call to “sex strike”). Is it possible that the left has learned the right’s gambit, of simply lampooning what the aggressive left says, to push the center away?
It does seem that both sides are looking for new themes to get behind.
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