Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Words They Use

In the recent political climate, with the impelling force of the internet behind it, has seen the rise of a common vocabulary on social media. Certain words are used over and over again to refer to people with opposing viewpoints. I can't help but be intrigued by the particular words in use right now. One side is pulling from a classic well: Nazi, fascist, white supremacist. The other side... isn't. They align against cupcakes, snowflakes, unicorns, flowers, and social justice warriors. I'm not entirely sure where that is coming from (though the influence of internet trolling is strong, as is a strain of older insults), and I don't know what it says about the current state of discourse. In any case, as someone who spends too much time in symbols, I find the uses of language interesting.

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