Mashable: Trump time moves more slowly

From Heather Dockray at Mashable,

Remember the mild, scandal-free days of the Obama years, when the biggest breaking news of the day was the holy war against Frappucino cups or the First Lady escaping the White House to go to CVS?

Yeah. Neither can we.

I’ll second that but principally because traditional mainstream media, settling into a post-internet role as PR for progressive government, simply did not treat misdoings as scandals. We needed to go elsewhere for that, and we did.

But that, of course, is not what Dockray means; rather,

“It’s only been 3 weeks?” Meg S., who opposes the Trump administration, asked. “That is a crazy way to feel since so much is happening literally every day. It’s exhausting and it’s crawling by. Maybe it’s because time flies when you’re having fun and time crawls when you’re watching democracy set on fire in real time.”

Dockray then recruits neuroscientist David Eagleman’s work to back up her claims about trauma:

Eagleman’s experiment only examined how time slows down in individual moments of crisis, not daily compounded ones. Chronic trauma isn’t quite the same as individual moments of panic. Still, psychologists witness the same phenomenon when their clients experience depression and anxiety — both of them manifestations of nationwide Trump-related anxiety. More.

Reality check: Eagleman is not the fool Dockray makes him sound like. But in any event, Trump-related anxiety is largely the fate of those who had expected to batten off the corpse of the body politic and must now make a living producing something of value. No wonder time drags for them while they think up some ideas.

Whatever else we can learn, it is instructive how poorly progressives handle the very idea of others making their own decisions, different from the progressive ones. If ever let back into power, they will not lose the opportunity to prevent the rest of us ever having a choice about that again.

See also: Consciousness: Neuroscientist David Eagleman sort of starts to get the picture

and

Darwin’s wastebasket: Time perception, evolutionary psychology, and Donald Trump

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  • Watchman

    I guess it’s a lot harder to be a journalist these days of Trump where you have to fight to get the information to make a story, instead of the Obama years where you could write a story from just a White House press release.