A measure of presidential candidate populist discourse puts Trump up with historical populists but finds that generic populist frames are more common & that nativism & anti-bureaucratic populism load on different dimensions#polisciresearchhttps://t.co/Tba8hEVOxK pic.twitter.com/QBQmvT9TPz— Matt Grossmann (@MattGrossmann) March 20, 2021
A note from teen vogue’s staff pic.twitter.com/oyfhN0mlk8— Allegra Kirkland (@allegrakirkland) March 8, 2021
Thomas Frank is one of the good ones.
I hope the brats don’t comb through his entire life history and get him for something they find offensive that he said like thirty years ago. They are known to do that.
“One day in March 2015, I sat in a theater in New York City and took careful notes as a series of personages led by Hillary Clinton and Melinda Gates described the dazzling sunburst of liberation that was coming our way thanks to entrepreneurs, foundations and Silicon Valley. The presentation I remember most vividly was that of a famous TV actor who rhapsodized about the wonders of Twitter, Facebook and the rest: “No matter which platform you prefer,” she told us, “social media has given us all an extraordinary new world, where anyone, no matter their gender, can share their story across communities, continents and computer screens. A whole new world without ceilings.”
Six years later and liberals can’t wait for that extraordinary new world to end. Today we know that social media is what gives you things like Donald Trump’s lying tweets, the QAnon conspiracy theory and the Capitol riot of 6 January. Social media, we now know, is a volcano of misinformation, a non-stop wallow in hatred and lies, generated for fun and profit, and these days liberal politicians are openly pleading with social media’s corporate masters to pleez clamp a ceiling on it, to stop people from sharing their false and dangerous stories. …”
Populism or wokeness?
You can’t have both. These two things are irreconcilable. Thomas Frank knows the history as well as I do. More people are figuring out every day why we hate the brats as they are introduced to them and see where the Alt-Right came from. These two things are two sides of the same coin. One group of Millennials became hypersensitive control freaks who swallowed and internalized all the politically correct bullshit they were raised on. The other group of Millennials totally rejected it and became hyper transgressive and relish nothing more than shattering every taboo and “triggering” the hell out of their peers. The Zoomers have been raised on an even more intense version of this garbage and it has had the same effect.
The day was always coming when these two groups would start taking over from the Silent Generation and the Boomers and there would be a culture war between the two sides. Now it is almost here!
The internet is currently censored and muted. It is being transformed into a safe space for these people. The president of the United States was exiled. It is important to understand that the conversation that you see online is distorted by censorship. We don’t see the opposition anymore who rose to prominence in 2016 before it became so disturbing that Silicon Valley elites pulled the plug and shut us down.
All of those people haven’t gone away though. They are still out there and angrier than ever. Even if extremely online types like us are removed from the internet, the polls are still rapidly shifting.