The middle of our Political Media Barometer is as sparse as ever on this one-week post-Election Day. It's notable that there is even LESS action on the middle of the X-axis than there was in the days leading up to the Election. It seems harder to think about Chicago Cubs in the new political climate.
The Conservative side of the Political Media Barometer is jam-packed with links from the days leading up to and immediately after the election of Donald J. Trump. Most of the older links are from the vast citations of Wikileaks; however, after Election Day a ripple of victory ran through the right but also anger at the #NotMyPresident Protesters.
The Liberal side of the Politcal Media Barometer has filled in a great deal but still pales in comparison to the amount of shares on the right. The hottest shares on the left were clips from the recent "Saturday Night Live" episode with Kate McKinnon's "Hallelujah" and Dave Chappelle's monologue getting the most views.
But there's a lack of "newer content" - you'll notice that there is only 1 green dot on the Political Media Barometer at all. (10 points if you can spot it.) Our Science Director, Vladimir Barash, notes:
Although the stream of alt-right news has slowed to a trickle, perhaps due to the recent suspension of alt-right twitter accounts which has encouraged a massive exodus from Twitter or perhaps due to the lack of urgency post-election, the strong connection between the Trump Administration and Breitbart assures us that the new administration will be highly defended by its alt-right wing. Whatever "trigger" sets off the next wave of alt-right news, the message that the Administration and its allies want to send maintains strong distribution points.
As for the middle of our X-axis, it will probably take some kind of "trigger" to fill the middle as well.
Right now the #DividedAmerica, on Social Media and otherwise is very real. Our data underlines the fact that the Liberals and Conservatives aren't arguing or reconciling, they are continuing to live in different hemispheres.