November 6, 2018

"How the Midterms Are Making Us Feel/Choose an emoji to add it to your approximate location."



At the NYT, it's about feelings. My feelings are neutral, but I didn't participate because the "neutral" face (purple) doesn't look neutral enough. It looks a little confused and ill at ease, and yet its neighbor "happy" (pink) looks too happy.

48 comments:

gahrie said...

After the last two years of tantrums by the Democrats...how can anyone be neutral? Either you approve of the behavior of the Democrats or you reject it.

Neutrality is in effect approving of the Democratic behavior.

Fabi said...

πŸ‘Ή

Darrell said...

I'll let you know.

Achilles said...

If we don't start seeing some exit polls soon you know the rout is on.

n.n said...

Emoji sounds personal, almost human-like. NYT is trawling for emoticons that will justify a color inference to paint an area. Democracy dies with diversity.

Henry said...

πŸ™„

tim in vermont said...

I promise you, if the Rs get routed, there won't be a lot of public sky screaming. That had to have been the Russians who thought that up, and I bet they still wake up chuckling.

LilyBart said...

Ann: Did you see the "Vote with Me" app?

With this app, you download your contact list and can see how they're registered to vote, if they tend to vote, whether they've voted already, and where they're polling location is...for all you contacts. Bonus - the app gets all your contacts data including phone, address, business address etc.

This seems like a menace!

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/04/us/politics/apps-public-voting-record.html

wendybar said...

What gahrie said...1:40 PM !!!!

tim in vermont said...

🀫

Nonapod said...

This is by far the most hyped mid term in my lifetime. I have never seen people get so worked up over a freaking mid term election. It's crazy. The local polling place in my sleepy, rural are was absolutely mobbed. I can't be sure but it seems like even more people came out than for the 2016 Presidential election.

I still don't know if it's a good or a bad thing.

rehajm said...

It looks a little confused and ill at ease

HAVE A DAY.

ALP said...

I am so glad I don't work on Tuesdays, relieving me of any 'did you vote' nagging (YES days ago via our mail in ballot system). Looking forward to no more 'voting and millenials/young people' articles. They are so confusing. On the one hand, here in Seattle all the new younger voters are going to vote in droves and save humanity. The next day we see articles all about 'why don't young people vote.' WHICH IS IT?

rhhardin said...

Is there a pile of shit emoji.

rehajm said...

There's that emoji of the guard with the fur hat but I'm told it isn't a Russian Cossack hat. Is there a voter fraud emoji?

JHapp said...

How about a fetus?

Bay Area Guy said...

I remember Nov 1994, eating pizza in Rosemead, CA and watching the election returns on TV. No internet then, barely any cable tv, Rush Limbaugh was still new, all you had was Rather, Brokaw, and Peter Jennings on the network news, all flummoxed by the red tsunami.

It was glorious!

stevew said...

πŸ’©

Don't the midterms usually shift the control of one of both houses away from the President's party? So what is the metric against which we need to compare the outcome of this one?

Ignorance is Bliss said...

Man I wish I had some better hacking skills. The emoji are placed on the map based on your IP address. If I could spoof IP addresses from chosen geographic locations, I could spell out whatever message I wanted across their map.

Maybe I could learn to do that before the next election, in the hope that they will re-use the map.

Birkel said...

1994 was spectacular.
2010 was spectacular.

2006 was a bummer.

Before 1994 there was no meaningful competition within Congress.
Republicans were losers.

The world keeps spinning.

Sydney said...

There are an awful lot of frightened New York Times readers.

cubanbob said...

Nonapod said...
This is by far the most hyped mid term in my lifetime. I have never seen people get so worked up over a freaking mid term election. It's crazy. The local polling place in my sleepy, rural are was absolutely mobbed. I can't be sure but it seems like even more people came out than for the 2016 Presidential election.

I still don't know if it's a good or a bad thing."

Maybe where you are nothing much of importance is on the ballot. Where I am, a crooked anti-Semitic Communist is leading in the polls for governor as well as several ballot amendments to further limit state and local taxation are on the ballot, so yes, this election is important. Then there is the matter of control of the Congress. That's also important.

gilbar said...

what's with all the green faces?

Rocketeer said...

Maybe where you are nothing much of importance is on the ballot.

Cubanbob, I read Nonopod's "I still don't know if it's a good or a bad thing" to mean s/he didn't know which party that bode well for...

Fabi said...

😈

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Henry said...

Maybe where you are nothing much of importance is on the ballot.

Where I am everyone is running unopposed, or against very weak competition.

There is one crazytown ballot question that would be pretty awful if it passed, so that's important.

Achilles said...

Sydney said...
There are an awful lot of frightened New York Times readers.

Their readers don't even believe the garbage being pushed out and being called "polls."

madAsHell said...

The emoji cuteness skews any outcome toward women.

Big Mike said...

So what's the NYT emoticon for "determined"?

n.n said...

The value of polls depends on proper characterization, sufficient representation, and the margin of error for diversity (i.e. color judgments, color blocs, inference).

Phil 3:14 said...

Does anyone do this :) anymore?

I Callahan said...

Does anyone do this :) anymore?

Yeah, and I suppose your cell phone is a rotary dial one...

😜

donald said...

My congressman is a communist who keeps his mouth shut and just glides through.

Curious George said...

Where's the dullard emoji? You know, the one wearing the green coat that says "November is coming?"

Francisco D said...

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gahrie said...

Yeah, and I suppose your cell phone is a rotary dial one...

I have never owned any portable phone.

rehajm said...

I have never owned any portable phone.

Are you at least rockin' a Trimline™?

Assistant Village Idiot said...

Yeah that happy emoji looks altogether too smug and self-satisfied. I think s/he's asking for a smack.

Fernandistein said...

"Approximate location is based on I.P. address."

It's always wrong; they might say "Opinion based on blogger history."

Anyway, happy ("laughing" yellow face that also looks like it's crying because shitty icons) face because it's a nice sunny day.

tim in vermont said...

I pay for a VPN service, I can pick which country, but not state.

Crazy Jane said...


How people FEEL about the midterms. What a brilliant question to explore by a newspaper that takes itself seriously.

This is a joke, right?

Saint Croix said...

I think Neutral Emoji and Happy Emoji should be renamed Adolf and Jailbait, respectively.

Apparently I'm little cranky. Missed lunch.

Saint Croix said...

also the letter a

Saint Croix said...

no, wait, the word a

Saint Croix said...

Donde votar! Donde votar! Por favor!

Phil 3:14 said...

Blogger gahrie said...
Yeah, and I suppose your cell phone is a rotary dial one..

No, it’s actually my work keyboard.

Danno said...

Emoticons are for the Elite Eloi of the NYT readership. Or as my children would say, that's so elementary grade schoolish.