hbd chick and some dude writing about ‘politicization’ of events

The articles examines five cases. One of them is the Rotherham gang rape scandal. The author explains that this story fits a certain narrative and will only be discussed on sites that report that narrative.  hbd chick, who does not write about politics at all, disagrees.

She is concerned that the epithet “racist” is tossed around much too easily, which permitted the scandal to remain covered up for so long.

Read both the article and her response. One thing I found interesting is that it really does fit a narrative (see the above illustration of frequency of hits on Tumblr for Rotherham versus Gamergate–which is something to do with prejudice against women in the video game world—about which I know nothing at all):

John Durant did an interesting analysis of media coverage of the Rotherham scandal versus the “someone posted nude pictures of Jennifer Lawrence” scandal.

He found left-leaning news website Slate had one story on the Rotherham child exploitation scandal, but four stories on nude Jennifer Lawrence.

He also found that feminist website Jezebel had only one story on the Rotherham child exploitation scandal, but six stories on nude Jennifer Lawrence.

Feministing gave Rotherham a one-sentence mention in a links roundup (just underneath “five hundred years of female portrait painting in three minutes”), but Jennifer Lawrence got two full stories.

The article didn’t talk about social media, and I couldn’t search it directly for Jennifer Lawrence stories because it was too hard to sort out discussion of the scandal from discussion of her as an actress. But using my current unit of social media saturation, Rotherham clocks in at 0.24 #Gamergates

So the presumably liberal-leaning sites on Tumblr paid far more attention to the video game story and nude celeb photos than the gang rape scandal. Decline and fall indeed!

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