Saturday, May 14, 2016

Bigotry, nativism, xenophobia all rise rapidly in NYT

Via Steve Sailer, the New York Times has a program that does instantaneously (though it's regularly unresponsive) what I used to drearily spend a couple hours doing:

Surprisingly (to me), Israel receives about as much coverage as Mexico, Canada, or Russia do, and China has consistently received more than any of them.

Sure, proximity might lead one to think Mexico or Canada, both of which border the United States, would be of greater interest to readers than Israel would be. Similarly, population could lead one to assume Russia (18x as many people as Israel), Mexico (15x), Canada (4x) or China (170x) would dwarf Israel in coverage. But Israel isn't everywhere. It obviously punches above its weight but it doesn't dominate.

Riffing off of Steve, who highlights the explosion in the terms "sexism", "racism", and "transgender" in or around 2010, here are three more terms whose usages have shot up in the Carlos Slim-era:


Mil-Tech Bard said...

This is a surprise...why?

Audacious Epigone said...

Mil-Tech Bard,

Surprising in that I actually expected Israel to look more like China actually does.

Anonymous said...

What were the mentions of Israel prior to the creation of Israel? Biblical?!? Doesn't make sense to me.

Audacious Epigone said...

Before there was a state, there was an idea!

On the other hand, even prior to its creation, "Israel" received a lot more coverage than "Judah"...