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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Can We Consume non-Political Content Anymore?


This political climate in the US has become so implicitly partisan that I've noticed blogs and podcasts and websites dedicated to creating non-political content decisively picking sides.    

First Person Singular, a blog dedicated to living as a single person, in the past eschewed politics.  In addition to posts about lifestyle and how it relates to being single, creator Wendy Braitman now posts regularly on her emotions before and after elections, and reactions to the news stories, explicitly endorsing a Democratic position.

Hello Giggles calls itself simply "A Positive Community for Women".  In the wake of the midterms, however, they published this article: "Hey White Women: Stop Asking Black and Latinx Communities to do all the Work for You on Election Day", in which author Samantha Chavarria says that anyone voting against Beto O'Rourke in Texas was bassackwards and needed to improve his/her position. 

NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour, dedicated to critiquing films, shows, and movies, has almost entirely refrained from being political, although in their post-Trump episode they had a segment about "pop culture serotonin", dedicated people suffering in the wake of Trump's victory.  

In short, in this post-Trump world, it's increasingly unlikely to simply consume non-political content: creators feel compelled to have their political perspective bleed into everything they say.  

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