Content Mining - Commentary

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Content Mining - Commentary

Topics trending on Medium that have also received social commentary within the past two weeks include Democrats not being ready for the 2020 election, milk recommendations, the State of the Union Address, Tesla's Cybertruck, the Super Bowl halftime show, the impeachment trial, millennials and home ownership, and Bernie Sanders. Twenty social commentary think pieces have been entered on the attached spreadsheet and below.

Topic: Democrats Are Not Ready for 2020 Election

  • A trending topic on Medium is that Democrats are not ready for 2020.
  • An article titled "It Should Be Easy to Defeat Trump, But Corporate Democrats Look Ready and Willing to Blow It" provides social commentary by Ralph Nader and was published on February 1, 2020.
  • In this article, Ralph Nader discusses how it should be easy for Democrats to beat Donald Trump in November, but the Democrats are blocking up-and-coming progressive candidates in favor of entrenched politicians.
  • An article titled "James Carville warns Democrats against making a big mistake in 2020" provides social commentary by James Carville and was published on February 8, 2020.
  • The article talks about how James Carville believes the Democratic party has "gone off the liberal deep end -- supporting policies on immigration and health care (among other things) that simply lack the support of a majority of the country."
  • An article titled "Chris Matthews is right about the 2020 Democrats but wrong about Bernie Sanders" provides social commentary by Beckett Adams and Chris Matthews and was published on February 3, 2020.
  • In this article, Beckett Adams indicates that while they agree with Chris Matthews that the current Democratic candidates do not have what it takes to defeat Donald Trump in November, he is wrong to "dismiss Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont as a nonstarter for the general election."

Topic: Milk May Not Be Good for Humans After All

Topic: The Real State of the Union

  • A trending topic on Medium is that the state of the union differs from Trump's claims in his State of the Union Address.
  • An article titled "Forget Trump's Lies, Here's the Real Economic State of the Union" provides social commentary by Robert Reich and was published on February 6, 2020.
  • In the article, Robert Reich contradicts Trump's State of the Union claims about jobs, wages, taxes, trade, growth, workers' rights, health, and climate, saying the state of the Union is actually worse than Trump says it is.
  • An article titled "My Take on the State of the Union" provides social commentary by Stan Statham and was published on February 12, 2020.
  • Stan Statham talks about his embarrassment over Trump's State of the Union Address because it was mostly lies. He also says he feels that the event was purely theatrical and not in the best interests of the country.
  • An article titled "The real state of the union" provides commentary by Matthew Yglesias and was published on February 4, 2020.
  • Matthew Yglesias predicts what Trump will talk about during the State of the Union Address and says while the economy is doing well, there are issues like mental health care and substance abuse that are being ignored on the national level.

Topic: Tesla's Cybertruck

  • A trending topic on Medium is that Tesla will have a difficult time selling its Cybertruck to traditional truck owners.
  • An article titled "Tesla’s Giga Texas completely solves the Cybertruck’s ‘Cowboy Problem’" provides social commentary by Simon Alvarez and was published on February 6, 2020.
  • Simon Alvarez believes the Tesla Cybertruck will sell well with traditional truck owners because they are "more sophisticated than car buyers in what they’re looking for" and the Cybertruck offers the specs and features truck owners look for.

Topic: Super Bowl Halftime Show

  • A trending topic on Medium is the Super Bowl halftime show and its controversial costumes and dancing.
  • An article titled "Super Bowl halftime show should have come with a parental warning" provides social commentary by Gil Smart and was published on February 3, 2020.
  • Gil Smart believes that if the Super Bowl is advertised as family entertainment, then the halftime show that featured JLo and Shakira dancing suggestively in skimpy costumes should come with a parental warning.
  • An article titled "JLo and Shakira's Super Bowl message" provides social commentary by Raul Reyes and was published on February 3, 2020.
  • Raul Reyes discusses the idea that the Super Bowl halftime show was about putting Latino performers in the spotlight and "celebrating their contributions to popular culture."
  • An article titled "Super Bowl Halftime Show: Too Racy or Just Racism?" provides social commentary by Toan Truong and was published on February 12, 2020.
  • Toan Truong discusses the notion that the political statements of the Super Bowl halftime show were largely ignored as critics instead raged about the dancing and costume choices. He says, "Why is it that when women do the same things men are praised for they end up being accused of threatening our values?"

Topic: Impeachment Trial

  • A trending topic on Medium is Trump's impeachment trial.
  • An article titled "Mitt Romney’s vote to remove President Trump made this Californian especially proud" provides social commentary by Rob Stutzman and was published on February 6, 2020.
  • Rob Stutzman discusses Mitt Romney's decision to vote to convict Donald Trump and says Romney's choice made Stutzman proud because it was a "moment of leadership that sears consciences and emboldens people to treat our politics with more dignity and complexity than Trump, cable news and the petulance of many Democrats present to us daily."
  • An article titled "Trump removal would be insane" provides social commentary by Rich Lowry and was published on February 4, 2020.
  • Rich Lowry believes that convicting Trump and removing him from office would cause the 2020 election to be held "under a cloud of illegitimacy" and thousands of Trump voters would never accept the results.
  • An article titled "No witnesses, no documents, no justice in the Senate" provides social commentary by Virginia Heffernan and was published on February 3, 2020.
  • Virginia Heffernan discusses the moves made by the Republican Senate to prevent other witnesses from testifying in Trump's Senate trial and says "Senate Republicans aren't merely showing leniency. They aren't just stacking the deck for the defense. They are blocking a lawful trial, which is the very definition of obstruction of justice."

Topic: Millennials and Home Ownership

  • A trending topic on Medium is home ownership and millennials.
  • An article titled "Millennials don’t trust lenders or the housing market — So how do we reach them?" provides social commentary by Kristin Messerli and was published on February 12, 2020.
  • Kristin Messerli discusses using a "trauma-informed care model" to reach millennials who typically do not trust financial institutions because they have bad experiences with them from when they were growing up.
  • An article titled "Home comforts: how The Sims let millennials live out a distant dream" provides social commentary by Ben Sledge and was published on February 5, 2020.
  • Ben Sledge talks about how the video game The Sims offers millennials a fantasy world where everyone can afford a house. Unfortunately, in real life, millennials are having trouble affording houses and are mostly renting instead.
  • An article titled "Property is power … millennials and buying property" provides social commentary by Roz Edward and was published on January 31, 2020.
  • Roz Edward contradicts the belief that millennials are not buying homes by saying they actually represent the largest share of the housing market, but are buying at a slower pace than previous generations.

Topic: Bernie Sanders

  • A trending topic on Medium is Bernie Sanders.
  • An article titled "Bernie Sanders' victory scrambles the race" provides social commentary by SE Cupp and was published on February 12, 2020.
  • SE Cupp states that Bernie Sanders' win in the New Hampshire primaries is a bad sign for Elizabeth Warren's campaign, as Sanders "came out swinging as a Democratic Socialist, out-lefting nearly everyone in the field."
  • An article titled "Bernie Sanders Can’t Win" provides social commentary by Timothy Egan and was published on January 31, 2020.
  • Timothy Egan believes that Bernie Sanders can't beat Trump because even though people are passionate about the divide between the rich and the poor, their passion does not translate into votes. The Republicans will destroy Sanders over what they see is his Socialist agenda.
  • An article titled "Democrats have a Bernie Sanders problem" provides social commentary by Philip Klein and was published on February 2, 2020.
  • Philip Klein discusses his belief that Democrats are stuck because if Bernie Sanders wins the nomination, he can't beat Trump, but if he doesn't win the nomination, his supporters will be furious and could cost the Democrats the election.