I wrote about rage farming in my newsletter “Wait, what” in ⁦@TheAtlanticnewsletters.theatlantic.com/wait-what/61df…
The trick for these accounts like Texas GOP is to harness the energy of other users in order to get their own ideas or accounts to trend,” @samuelwoolley told me.

The modern GOP is for just one thing: Making Democrats mad. Think of Representative Thomas Massie’s Twitter Christmas greeting showing him and his wife and children holding what Forbes estimated was tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of guns...

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I wrote about marjorie Taylor Greene in “wait, what” in ⁦@TheAtlanticnewsletters.theatlantic.com/wait-what/61d5…
But Greene has not had any trouble fitting into Trump’s Republican Party. If anything, she’s become one of the most prominent voices in the GOP’s antidemocratic iteration.

If you need proof that Greene is simply a manifestation of where the Republican base is right now, just look at her fundraising numbers: According to Politico, in the first quarter of 2021 she raised $3.2 million from over 100,000 individual donors

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I wrote about the case for hope in "Wait, What" in @TheAtlantic

I remember when they built the field hospital in Central Park. There’s something really weird about knowing you’re in the center of a crisis, that the hospital they’re interviewing people in front of is the hospital you had your children in.

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So Facebook is going to do cute interviews in the Metaverse and we’re all supposed to pretend that we didn’t read all that horrifying stuff in the Facebook leaks document dump?
Facebook is sewing division

Facebook is rewarding anger

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10 Dec 21
I wrote about Qanon and The Big Lie and that power point in "Wait, What" in @TheAtlantic

"If your party has a faction of people who believe Democrats eat children and worship Satan, that makes it a lot easier for people to buy that Democrats stole the election."

“The political paranoiac can’t stomach society as it is and thus seeks to destroy it under the guise of some looming threat: a deep state, antifa, migrant caravans, transgender bathrooms, an international pedophile ring,” Bennett Parten recently wrote

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I wrote about how the media is failing covering roe in ⁦@TheAtlanticnewsletters.theatlantic.com/wait-what/61af…
"In late August I was talking to a smart liberal lawyer friend on the phone and I said, “I’m really worried about this Texas bill S.B. 8.”

“No way they’ll let it go into effect,” she replied. I was heartened by her words."

Much of the coverage that’s not outright cynical is also failing to meet the moment. The NY Times published a map that shows a “predicted decline in legal abortions.” Antiseptic language like that does not serve the reader.
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