Camila Navarrette and Chris Lowell
People are angry, but about politics, not the economy
Matthew Yglesias, Vox Policy & Politics
What combination of the above graph does the story employ?
- Use of trends from previous decades regarding the economy to analyze the short-term
- Observing trends to culminate quantitative data
- Quadrant 1: Rigorous & empirical / quantitative
- Thin connection to conclusions drawn
How is data used as an explanation or prediction of something?
- Data used to bolster and explain points
- Mislead: charts and data draw thin conclusion
- ex) People feel okay about the economy subheader
- Illustrated by graph, ranging from 1960 to 2016, that measures consumer sentiment and satisfaction while emphasizing the present
- Wage increases not accurate measurement of economic growth/prosperity
- Wage increase movements across country
- Tenant of Sander's campaign rests on economic inequality and the wealth gap
Are there other ways the data could be explained that would give the story a different frame?
- Emphasize Republicans and Democrats view that their side is losing
- Political parties and notion of "losing" : under-analyzed
- Graph: by age, who believes is "losing" in politics
--> What does this say about the media and perception?
--> What does this say about the political system?
- Koch Brothers ex)
--> Could be more analyzed given their political status and influence
--> If they don't feel like heaps of money can solve an issue, what can?
--> Politics and economic issues are intertwined; incomplete analysis of their importance to one another
- The economy may be better at this moment, but this doesn't mean that it is not an important issue to Americans during this election
- ex) The wealth gap and its connection to racial/ethnic issues
--> Given this relationship - no matter its state at this moment -, how can we better our political system to reflect the interests of the public?
--> What do individual's political insecurity and belief that their "side" is "losing" say about the health of our political system?