Lion of the Blogosphere

Television maps in the NY Times!

Great resource in the NY Times. There are maps of where the 50 most popular TV shows are most popular and least popular, plus at the bottom of the page you can enter a zip code and see the three most popular and least popular shows in the designated area in which the zip code is located.

I actually don’t find this as useful as the Netflix movie map which appeared in the NY Times a few years ago. The most important trend I observe, which the NY Times chose not to notice, is that people like to watch TV shows about people like themselves.

For example, most of the main characters in “Walking Dead” are white trash people, and we discover that it’s most popular in Appalachia.

There are a whole bunch of shows featuring blacks, and they are all popular in areas with large black populations.

“Teen Mom” is popular in places where I suspect there are a lot of teenage mothers.

“Deadliest Catch,” a reality show on the Discovery Channel set among fishing vessels in the Bering Sea is most popular in Alaska, which borders the Bering Sea. It’s second most popular in Maine and Washington, the two other states in the U.S. that have cold-weather fishing.

“Duck Dynasty,” about a family of country hicks, isn’t popular in urban areas.

I think I also notice a general trend that shows with middle-class white characters are more popular in the northern Midwest but less popular in California.

If you ignore the bias of people preferring to watch people like themselves, there is also a prole/SWPL divide. “Game of Thrones” is a SWPL show, while “Dancing With the Stars” is a prole show.

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December 27, 2016 at 12:06 pm

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  1. Yeah, no surprises there.

    The shows that appeal to intelligent people are most common in urban areas, while the shows that appeal to retards are most common in the rural areas.

    ScarletNumber

    December 27, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    • Pretty much, although it is worth noting that prestige drama The Walking Dead skews very rural, while the most urban-skewing show is the targeted-at-retards Family Guy.

      snorlax

      December 27, 2016 at 12:40 pm

      • There’s a difference between having class and just being a stuck up prick. Seth McFarlane laughs at bourgeois strivers like you haha

        Fact Checker

        December 28, 2016 at 10:02 am

    • They all appeal to retards.

      But I think the methodology itself is bogus. People on Facebook? Thats a questionable life choice there. And then they click “Like” for a tv show- why? And the supposition is people are updating what they “Like”?

      Lion o' the Turambar

      December 27, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    • ScarletNumber — I wasn’t aware that any of those shows “appealed to intelligent people”

      destructure

      December 27, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      • That’s because you are a snob.

        ScarletNumber

        December 27, 2016 at 11:57 pm

      • I’m surprised you take offense at what should be self-evident. Especially considering the purpose of your original comment was to insult others.

        destructure

        December 28, 2016 at 10:43 am

    • t.v is all varying levels of retardation.

      james n.s.w

      December 27, 2016 at 11:15 pm

      • A lot of TV shows in the 80s were very cornball, but a few had great story lines that one doesn’t find today.

        TV should be Total V or The Visitors as in the original NBC series featuring lizard-like bipeds from outer space spreading propaganda on TV, disguised as humans wearing Nazi insignia uniform, trying to convince us to befriend them, then rounding many of us in concentration camps as a source of food and stealing our water. The commercials for the series were always preceded with the NBC chime, ding ding ding…and then a scary announcement about the Visitors.

        This creepy, yet brooding show was set in Los Angeles on prime time TV for everyone of all ages to watch throughout the months and throughout the years. Something you wouldn’t find today, at least without a warning label for younger viewers. The music theme and creativity for its era were impressive. The extraterrestrials had to wear wrap around sunglasses and their shock troops had tinted face helmets, because the sunlight bothered their eyes. They could never truly appreciate the beauty and glory of Earth with their naked vision. They didn’t care anyway. They just wanted our resources.

        JS

        December 28, 2016 at 10:40 am

  2. It has been observed by certain commentators that GoT is a soap opera with dragons and tits.

    Nervous Wreck

    December 27, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    • Any serialized show can be compared to soap operas, simply because soap operas were the first serialized shows.

      snorlax

      December 27, 2016 at 12:32 pm

      • Any serialized show CAN be compared to soap operas but that’s not what people mean when they compare a prime time show to a soap opera. Babylon 5 and Wiseguy were shows that were relatively early entries in the field of prime time programs with a continuing storyline but they weren’t soap operas.

        When people call a show a soap opera, they mean it is shallow and exploitative and stupid and panders to people’s worst instincts, like Dallas, Dynasty, or ..Game of Thrones. GoT appeals to women because it is all about status-jockeying (every woman’s favorite sport) and trying to figure out who is the most alpha of the males. GoT appeals to males who are too stupid to figure out it’s a chick show.

        Robert the Wise

        December 30, 2016 at 5:28 am

    • Game of Thrones is only popular among SWPL types because it’s on HBO. If the exact same show were broadcast on Syfy, the same people who now love the show would be repulsed by it and the nerds who watch it. Syfy’s “The Expanse” would probably be a SWPL hit if it were running on HBO.

      Mike Street Station

      December 27, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      • Thanks for the recommendation to watch The Expanse.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        December 27, 2016 at 3:14 pm

      • “Thanks for the recommendation to watch The Expanse.”

        Well The Expanse is a good show, that has a sophisticated political situation, which is why Syfy tried to promote it as GoT in space. But if I were recommending one returning Syfy show, it would be The Magicians. That’s like a horny Harry Potter in Magic grad school.

        Again, if The Magicians were on HBO, the “right” people would love it.

        Mike Street Station

        December 27, 2016 at 3:31 pm

      • I second the recommendation. If you liked ‘Dark Matter’, you’ll love ‘The Expanse’.

        Joe

        December 27, 2016 at 4:13 pm

      • GOT only became popular when it aired on HBO and watered down for 21st century Western audiences. Before that, the story was limited to readers of fantasy and sci-fi.

        Years before it became a TV show, bleeding heart types gave up on the books because they were offended by all the “misogyny” and sudden death of their favorite characters (GRRM reminds his readers that medieval life SUCKED). Stupid people stopped reading because they felt they were too long, “boring” and political — they want to see wizards battling dragons by the end of chapter 1.

        markus

        December 27, 2016 at 7:51 pm

  3. The data says that shows popular among blacks are also popular on Indian reservations.

    Why would Native Americans love black tv shows so much?

    Nervous Wreck

    December 27, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    • In the mid-2000s, I saw Native teenagers in the Upper Midwest dressed in the hip-hop style of baggy jeans and do-rags. I’m also aware that the culture on reservations has a lot in common with life in ghetto black neighborhoods.

      It’s possible that Native Americans living on reservations relate more to TV shows aimed at blacks than shows oriented towards prole whites or SWPLs. Native Americans are a relatively small minority group with low average of levels of education, concentrated in rural areas (not in LA or NY, college towns or other cultural centers.) They haven’t generated much modern pop culture in form of TV or music.

      Will

      December 27, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    • Both populations have the same average IQ — 85.

      destructure

      December 27, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    • Know why the early colonists dispensed with plans to enslave the NE tribes? For one the tribes had an extreme (for the colonists) reluctance to all but the bare minimum in terms of stockpiling. NE Indians were belligerently opposed to working one iota more than the bare minimum. This baffled the English. The Indians also deeply resented the way the English coddled their women and complained often of the bad example the English were setting.

      Curle

      December 27, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    • I checked out the link, and the two references to Native Americans in the NYT’s analysis appear under the shows “Love and Hip-Hop” on VH1 and Fox’s “Empire” which is also about hip-hop music.

      The answer to Nervous Wreck’s question is that Native American young people like hip-hop music.

      “Real Housewives of Atlanta” and other aspects of black culture might not be so popular among this demographic.

      Will

      December 27, 2016 at 4:50 pm

  4. So I live in a Game of Thrones, Modern Family area. No big surprise.

    Perhaps the socially cossetted readers of the Times will be shocked to find that black people like watching black shows, and not shows about snarky gay white men or status signaling shows like Game of Thrones. Are any of the top black shows gay friendly? I don’t know.

    One thing I learned: there is a new Tom & Jerry show. Has anybody seen it? I’m just curious if they have pozzed it up, or if it’s just the same stupid cat vs. mouse and the mouse always wins show (I didn’t even like it as a kid).

    peterike

    December 27, 2016 at 12:37 pm

  5. Carrie Fisher died!!!

    GondwanaMan

    December 27, 2016 at 1:11 pm

  6. Consider who has kids; is “Dancing w/ Stars” a show you are more likely to watch with your 7-year-old than “Game of Thrones?”

    Gozo

    December 27, 2016 at 1:16 pm

  7. The most popular show in Los Angeles are all cartoons – http://i.imgur.com/RBbHoi8.png

    alex

    December 27, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    • Hispanics love cartoons.

      snorlax

      December 27, 2016 at 1:58 pm

      • speedy gonzalez is their favourite.

        james n.s.w

        December 27, 2016 at 11:16 pm

  8. The real bourgeois only watch foreign films from Continental Europe and anything French-certified.

    During my first visit in Paris, I turned on the TV at the hotel and the 1st thing I saw was V – The Final Battle series dubbed in French, and they even went as far to layer the Visitors with their creepy reptilian monotone that one finds in the original English version. Both Marc Singer and Michael Ironside were speaking in French, and so did Jane Badler as the lizard lady with her raspy voice while eating a live mouse.

    JS

    December 27, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    • Bourgeois is not something to be aspired to. It’s always represented the opposite of what artists strive to be. I guess it’s my fault for responding to a JS comment though.

      Fact Checker

      December 28, 2016 at 10:03 am

  9. Wasn’t there a time Dancing with the Stars was not a prole show with 65 and older women? I remember it used to have more buzz – inspiring people to go to ballroom dance classes and stuff up to 2012-ish. Or was it just me attending those things back then.

    Dreamer

    December 27, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    • Hit reality shows start out with buzz among SWPLs and become prole after the first season. My very SWPL parents and their SWPL friends were super into S1 of The Apprentice. They would tape it on VHS.

      snorlax

      December 27, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    • Most popular fast food restaurants in every state

      destructure

      December 27, 2016 at 2:58 pm

      • The only people still using Foursquare in 2016 are weirdoes.

        snorlax

        December 27, 2016 at 4:37 pm

      • This is really a map of the level of Chick-Fil-A presence by state. IN-N-OUT is the only operation that might be able to hold them off. McDonald’s is toast.

        J1

        December 27, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      • I see that DC prefers something called “Comet Pizza”. What’s that?

        Glengarry

        December 27, 2016 at 4:52 pm

      • Dirty Jersey and Wendy’s, perfect together.

        Also, Chick-Fil-A is horrendous.

        ScarletNumber

        December 27, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      • Culver’s rules!

        steve@steve.com

        December 27, 2016 at 9:31 pm

      • “In-N-Out”

        Sounds like a new show about trendy pop stars who reveal (to most people’s surprise) that they’re gay or bi.

        Maryk

        December 27, 2016 at 11:09 pm

      • Sounds like a hamburger joint to me.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        December 28, 2016 at 12:20 am

      • In-N-Out is terrific. They use only fresh meat, never frozen. That puts limits on their supply chain and so far makes national expansion too difficult.
        Five Guys also uses only fresh meat but isn’t really fast food.

        Peter

        ironrailsironweights

        December 28, 2016 at 12:17 pm

      • As one of the first fast-food restaurants in the 1940’s, In-N-Out chose a name to emphasize fast, convenient service. But it definitely sounds off-color today. And the fact their grand daughter has repeatedly wrapped her legs around employees hasn’t helped.

        destructure

        December 28, 2016 at 12:49 pm

  10. My brother just wrote and produced a short film and one of the lead actresses is a writer at Jezebel. I will post the movie here as soon as it is released.

    Here is a youtube clip of said actress, Joanna Rothkopf. She’s cute for a Jezebel writer. My brother assures me she isn’t a lez but I have my doubts:

    https://www.google.com/search?q=joanna+rothkopf&biw=1280&bih=638&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&sqi=2&ved=0ahUKEwi2kKq8jpXRAhXD7CYKHUL9C2EQ_AUIBigB#imgrc=A7jihL4ynxzBEM%3A

    Otis the Sweaty

    December 27, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    • She wrote an article for Jezebel a month ago that says she’s had a live-in boyfriend for the last two and a half years. In the same piece she says her favorite show is “Dancing with the Stars” (prole!) and that the vinyl records she’s bought her boyfriend end up mounted on the wall, presumably because he’d rather listen to them digitally.

      Richard

      December 28, 2016 at 10:57 am

  11. Interesting how “Dancing with the Stars” is prole while “So you think you can dance” is SWPL. I guess because DWTS focuses on the “normal people” contestants, while SYTYCD focuses on the gay dancers…

    jimbo

    December 27, 2016 at 2:45 pm

  12. A lot of the Alaskan fishing vessels hire out of Seattle.

    Curle

    December 27, 2016 at 3:25 pm

  13. I wanted to see where the HBO show Girls is popular. I suspect it is exponentially more popular in and around New York City than the midwest. It’s a show that almost no one actually watches (less than 500,000 viewers an episode) but seems to have a big following among the young and influential SWPLs living in New York City, to the point that Lena Dunham is inexplicably a star.

    JohnBeck

    December 27, 2016 at 3:36 pm

    • No doubt it’s most popular in Greenpoint/Williamsburg.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      December 27, 2016 at 4:15 pm

      • Speaking of The Goldbergs, the show reminds me of Fred Savage’s The Wonder Years, which isn’t branded as a show about Jews, but the cast was very Jewish. Fred is of course Jewish, so was his pal, Josh Saviano (an Italian Jew), his brother, Jason Hervey, David Schwimmer and Ben Stein.

        JS

        December 27, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    • That requires next gen 8K resolution to see.

      Glengarry

      December 27, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    • The Lion was quite a fan of Girls back in the day. I watched the first season based on his recommendation, and although I found it interesting, it was totally devoid of entertainment. The interesting part was that I could never tell if they were intentionally mocking millennials or if they took their own BS seriously.

      Mike Street Station

      December 27, 2016 at 5:33 pm

      • Yep. I’ve seen a few clips from GIRLS online and, like MAD MEN, all the insight and social commentary seems accidental or even the opposite of what the authors intended. Apparently SWPLs are just as clueless onscreen as they are in real life.

        Robert the Wise

        December 30, 2016 at 5:36 am

  14. Haven’t had a working TV in the house for five years. Went from 100+ channels to zero. Don’t miss it. In fact, it’s almost unbearable to watch now. I don’t even turn on the TV in hotel rooms anymore.

    SQ

    December 27, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    • I’m thinking of reducing my cable to just the basic channels in order to save some money. About the only channels I watch are those that show old sitcoms. And if I bought the entire series of about 10-13 sitcoms I’d have all of these. When I first got cable I imagined I’d be watching most of the old sitcoms of my childhood from about 1965-1974. But now most of them look inane to me. I can’t imagine how I once watched “Gilligan’s Island” and “Green Acres.” Yeah, I know. I was a kid and now am an adult. But still. I think this blog has spoiled my appetite for drivel. The only cable channel Id get an expensive subscription to hold on to would be WLION-TV. Or as it might alternately be called, HBD-TV. Sad that such a channel doesn’t exist.

      Maryk

      December 27, 2016 at 11:18 pm

      • Lion’s blog makes me depressed with joy. More reason to dislike the Northeast for its guidos, for its God’s Chosen, for its brand of liberalism and its contempt for Greater America.

        JS

        December 28, 2016 at 1:24 am

    • I am thinking about getting rid of tv and the internet, although I do pay my bills on the computer and look at my accounts.

      I am tired of surfing the net but I do it once I get home. I have to get off of it. I rarely read a book now.

      ttgy

      December 28, 2016 at 12:58 am

  15. It’s unclear what methodology they used to ranked show popularity in an area.

    There’s a reference to “how many active Facebook users in a given ZIP code ‘liked’ certain TV shows”; however, I think they’re basing it on percentages rather than raw numbers — because there are a lot of deep-purple areas where the population is actually extremely sparse. For example, The Daily Show has a deep-purple area just northwest of Lake Tahoe, but that area only has a handful of small towns and is otherwise mostly wilderness and a few ski areas.

    Alex

    December 27, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    • Camping hipsters?

      Curle

      December 27, 2016 at 10:10 pm

  16. Most of those shows could only be watched by idiots regardless of where they live.

    destructure

    December 27, 2016 at 4:36 pm

  17. I “cut the cord” three years ago and put a directional antennae on the roof. I get over 50 channels, but aside from the dozens of Spanish-language and 24-hour religious channels, only ten are at all watchable but I haven’t turned on the TV in over six months. When I had cable and watched TV I did like House Hunters, the occasional true crime drama like 48 Hours, and a little bit of Becky Quick and Maria Bartiromo on CNBC and FOX respectively. I’ll probably watch one half of the Super Bowl if the Patriots are playing. Otherwise, w/o TV I get to bed earlier every night, feel great in the morning, and up in time for the gym at 5:00 AM.

    By the way, according to Wikipedia, Becky quick’s first husband was a computer programmer. But Quick must have dumped him for her current husband, an executive producer of CNBC’s Squawk Box. Oh, and they’re both Rutgers grads.

    E. Rekshun

    December 27, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    • I guess it’s bad news for your marriage when your wife becomes way more successful than you.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      December 27, 2016 at 5:23 pm

      • indeed. and ms quick has the most annoying voice in the history of tv.

        she makes glibert gottfried sound good.

        she exudes evil.

        Vancouver! Vancouver! This is it!

        December 27, 2016 at 7:52 pm

      • My only opinion of her is that she’s a pretty face who’s not really smart enough to be a business news anchor.

        CNBC became famous because of the grumpy man Mark Haines and nerdy man David Faber and Joe “the Kahuna” Kernen, and not because of any bimbos.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        December 27, 2016 at 9:20 pm

  18. thankfully i’ve never seen 45 out of the 50, or heard of them. i don’t even have a tv.

    South Park and It’s Always Sunny most popular in denver area. my people? i’ll have to take up skiing again.

    where is Mike Tyson Mysteries most popular? or Parts Unknown?

    if the Colbert Report were still on its map would be revealing.

    Vancouver! Vancouver! This is it!

    December 27, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    • South Park and It’s Always Sunny most popular in denver area. my people? i’ll have to take up skiing again.

      Or weed.

      Glengarry

      December 28, 2016 at 5:19 am

  19. It’s very surprising that the true-crime show The First 48 is popular in black areas. In sharp contrast to fictional crime shows like Law & Order, a high percentage of the criminals are black.

    Peter

    ironrailsironweights

    December 27, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    • It’s probably more interesting for them to see other blacks. Besides, it’s SWPLs more than blacks that have a need to see non-blacks as the bad guy. SWPLs also want terrorists to be non-Muslim but they seldom get their wish on that.

      Jay Fink

      December 27, 2016 at 6:30 pm

  20. The woke Left still really, really hate Bernie Sanders: http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1328661

    The 2020 Dem primaries should be fun. I have to add Jerry Brown to the list of contenders.

    With the white vote split between Biden, Brown and Sanders, Booker should be able to easily cruise to the nomination.

    Otis the Sweaty

    December 27, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    • Otis, there was a time I’d make political predictions. But after what happened this year with Trump cruising (pardon the pun) to the nomination and winning the presidency I have to confess that I don’t know who the American people would or wouldn’t elect.

      Maryk

      December 27, 2016 at 11:36 pm

      • The most interesting issue in the near term will whether the Democrats crack apart. There ought to be a lot of tension between the BLM and Bernie Bro factions. Keith Ellison as the next nominee could be revealing.

        Maybe some Republicans will jump ship too, but it looks like the NeverTrumpers instead are retiring (Bill Kristol, right?) or just switching sides.

        Anyway, if the Republicans then pick up the Bernie Bros, we have the mother of all political realignments. Welcome to openly multicultural USA.

        Glengarry

        December 28, 2016 at 5:25 am

  21. I have lived in Yakima Washington the past few years. This is a big Kardashian’s town while it’s a poor market for Duck Dynasty. This could have something to do with the 50% Hispanic demographics. Yet amazingly enough this doesn’t impact voting, Trump won Yakima County by double digits.

    Jay Fink

    December 27, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    • Wilridge winery. Natches Heights. Great way to spend a late summer afternoon.

      Curle

      December 27, 2016 at 10:20 pm

  22. A white person on NeoGaf claims that Democrats need to campaign on economic issues instead of Black Lives Matter and a black poster gives this response:

    “Imma be blunt.

    Fuck your elections.

    If y’all need me to sell my dignity and pride for your party to win, then I’m taking my ball and going home.

    I’m done being back burnered.”

    Where do blacks get this huge sense of entitlement from? Literally no other group has it.

    Otis the Sweaty

    December 27, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    • Recently I played golf with a guy who told me a story about some NBA players. In the early ’80s, he was working at a casino which put on a pre-season game involving the Phil. 76’ers. The casino comped the players’ drinks for 3 days, but there were no tips. Finally some woman said to Julius Erving, “you guys have been getting free drinks for three days but you haven’t tipped anyone yet. And Dr. J replied, “we’re too good for that.”

      Marty

      December 27, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    • Where do blacks get this huge sense of entitlement from? Literally no other group has it.

      Teenage girls do.

      More seriously:

      Arab Muslims do (rape gangs, burning down refugee housing because it isn’t luxurious enough, you’ll see it if you have the misfortune to be Facebook friends with them).

      Indian Brahmins tend to have a major sense of entitlement as well, as do elite Chinese. It comes from being waited on from birth and pervasive cultural messages that you deserve to be.

      snorlax

      December 27, 2016 at 10:01 pm

  23. I feel like there is a divide in the Democratic party, but not the Sanders Hillary divide we all expected to be an issue going forward.

    Rather is a divide between black Dems and the non black Dems.

    Here is what the non black Dems want: tranny bathrooms, global warming, open borders, higher taxes

    Here is what the black Dems want: black blackity-black-black-black

    I’m really not sure a black can win the Dem primaries in 2020 because there is just too much negro fatigue on the left. Blacks are going to bloc vote for Dems no matter what, so Dems can safely ignore them while they go about competing for the non black vote.

    A white guy will win the 2020 D nom but Booker will sweep the South. Booker will be the VP in an attempt to goose black turnout. Don’t know if it will really make a difference, though.

    Otis the Sweaty

    December 27, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    • I sort of agree that the Democratic Party is split, but I wouldn’t discount a Booker or some other Black winning the nomination. Obama was a big success as far as showing a path to the Presidency; goose non white turnout with a Black candidate. Until demographics get so lopsided that candidates don’t matter, having a black candidate at the top of the ticket seems like the Democratic path to success.

      Mike Street Station

      December 27, 2016 at 10:01 pm

      • not non white turnout, black turnout. Latinos and Asians didn’t care about Obama’s blackness.

        Booker just isn’t that popular amongst white Dems. The IA and NH primaries will go to a white guy, be it Biden, Brown or Sanders. Booker will do well in the South but that isn’t going to be enough, you can’t win the primaries with black votes alone.

        I feel like there is massive negro fatigue amongst the entire non-black Democratic party and if that’s true, Booker’s blackness will hurt him in the Dem primaries as he comes to be seen as The Black Candidate.

        Otis the Sweaty

        December 28, 2016 at 12:45 am

    • Besides black issues, a lot of blacks vote Democrat just to keep the welfare coming. My guess is the relatively low black voter turnout we saw in this last election will continue. After 8 years of Obama and no improvement in their lives more blacks will become cynical of the whole political process and not bother to vote. There was a NY Times article after the election about a black barbershop in Milwaukee. Hardly anyone, barbers or their customers, voted at all in 2016. Most voted for Obama but we’re disappointed at the results. The most interesting thing to me was the lack of panic over Trump being elected. These blacks didn’t have the ill will towards him that so many white liberals do.

      I do think there is a Bernie/Hillary divide among white Democrats. Sanders supporters are much more economic populists. Hillary supporters are identity voters who care about things like transgendered bathrooms and virtue signaling that they are not racist (even if many only socialize with their fellow SWPLs). They are not populists, the status quo works good for them.

      Jay Fink

      December 28, 2016 at 12:55 am

      • Blacks also get affirmative action, and most of the black middle-class works for the government. Big government equals more good jobs with good wages for black people.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        December 28, 2016 at 9:47 am

  24. It’s too bad that the NYT didn’t mention the Jersey Shore. The most tuned in for the show should be in the zipcodes of 103..

    JS

    December 27, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    • I was just thinking the same thing. I was going to ask “What shows do guidos watch?” Then I caught myself – realizing that I’ve been reading this blog for so long now that I use “guido” as a synonym for “Italian-American” the way the other people here do!

      Seriously, though, I would imagine that “Jersey Shore” (ironically, it’s initials are “JS!”) is less popular with IAs overall than with the general population. I mean it really doesn’t show the ethnicity in a good light. Didn’t Snooki have a problem with someone who wanted to introduce her to his family, but they didn’t want to meet her because they felt that her behavior on the show reflected badly on Italians? I tried an episode of this show, but found it a bit of a snoozer. I could see how a few episodes could be hilarious. But I’m sorry, real guidos just aren’t entertaining enough. Only fictional guidos (like Arthur Fonzarelli) or fake guidos (like Andrew Dice Clay) are.

      Maryk

      December 27, 2016 at 11:30 pm

      • I am certain that Jersey Shore is most popular on Staten Island and in Seaside Heights.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        December 28, 2016 at 12:21 am

      • What about the Sopranos?

        Curle

        December 28, 2016 at 1:11 am

      • The same is true with the show starring James Gandolfini.

        JS

        December 28, 2016 at 1:28 am

      • realizing that I’ve been reading this blog for so long now that I use “guido” as a synonym for “Italian-American”

        I never used the word “guido” in my life until after reading this blog for a while; same with “NAM.” Still, I’ve never used these two words or that other forbidden n-word in real life. Not in any effort to be PC, just that, I guess, I was never around people that used those words so I never picked them up as part of my vocabulary. I do recall the word “colored” as being not uncommon (and non-offensive) as the word for black people in the 70s.

        I have, on the other hand, met a guy with that last name “Guido” and one with the last name “Mangna”!

        E. Rekshun

        December 28, 2016 at 6:13 am

      • “Guido” is a very prolish word for IAs. “Guinea” is more chic and is used often by the older generations to denote them.

        JS

        December 28, 2016 at 10:51 am

      • Guido refers to a specific type of behavior, and there are Jewish guidos.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        December 28, 2016 at 11:18 am

  25. Yup, the same old American Nations divides appears here.

    JayMan

    December 27, 2016 at 8:39 pm

  26. Quoting myself from Sailer:

    One thing the list highlights is the many subtle gradations in the US class system.

    Upper-crust Appalachians watch The Walking Dead while their trashier counterparts prefer 16 and Pregnant. Upper-crust blacks like Empire and the hoodrats like Love and Hip-Hop.

    Low-status sophisticates like Modern Family.

    snorlax

    December 27, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    • Modern Family is pretty insidious poz. It’s well made, funny, pretty creative at times; I usually chuckle a few times. They’re allowed to joke about the gays and victim groups, but in the background the ratchet keeps turning. For instance, I think I saw a totally awesome tranny kid thoughtfully inserted in some recent episode. The one thing they’ve backed away from was a plotline of gay adoption of a boy. Perhaps they realized that that would get too creepy on TV.

      In the end, it’s always old Al Bundy who has to sort of admit he’s been wrong about something serious.

      Glengarry

      December 28, 2016 at 5:38 am

  27. The most interesting point of data on those maps seems to be the fact that Salt lake City enjoys modern family.

    Mike

    December 27, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    • Salt Lake City is what Austin was 20 years ago.

      snorlax

      December 28, 2016 at 12:51 am

    • Salt Lake City recently elected a lesbian mayor; it’s not Brigham Young country anymore.

      Richard

      December 28, 2016 at 11:09 am

      • Kind of a shame. There should be at least some places you can escape from cultural liberalism. At least Provo-Orem is still hardcore Mormon.

        Jay Fink

        December 28, 2016 at 12:25 pm

      • The only major city mayor to call for President Bush’s impeachment was the former mayor of SLC. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocky_Anderson

        george costanza

        January 1, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    • In 2000, as I was finishing my MBA at the University of Florida, I got a decent job offer from a large bank in Salt Lake City. I turned it down for an even better job in Kansas City. Stayed out there for a couple of years and, while I mostly enjoyed it minus the not intolerable winter, I relocated back to FL at a 20% pay cut.

      E. Rekshun

      December 28, 2016 at 3:53 pm

  28. The Game of Thrones is the most viewed in both SWPLville and ProlePolis:

    http://www.vulture.com/2016/04/popular-tv-shows-city-by-city.html

    Only prole and mostly White ethnic-based northeastern cities like The Sopranos.

    JS

    December 28, 2016 at 1:19 am

  29. I met an american tourist in a café, here in Paris, and told him i love to watch Fox News on the internet. He thought i was joking. I think i proved it by saying “hello i mike lindell the founder of my pillow etc.”, the infocommercial you see again and again when you want “fair and balance news” for free 🙂

    Bruno from Paris

    December 28, 2016 at 3:57 am

  30. What i hope is, that American, going to be great again, and rebuilding up an extraordinary industrial basis at home, this Mike Lindell, will be such a big winner, that perhaps one day, maybe, he ‘ll made a new advertisement ….

    Bruno from Paris

    December 28, 2016 at 4:02 am

  31. lion your latest tweet is about malls and why people shouldnt go to them, could you make a post elaborating on the decline of the american shopping mall? i think that’d be really interesting to read.

    james n.s.w

    December 28, 2016 at 5:26 am

    • That’s a difficult one. I remember malls as wonderful places when I was a kid, but now I don’t want to go near one.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      December 28, 2016 at 9:51 am

      • Malls were mostly a White phenomenon when you were a kid. And the outlets were all staffed by Whites, including the NYC-Tristate area. Today most of the workers are NAMs.

        JS

        December 28, 2016 at 10:54 am

      • Yes, my mother worked at a mall department store in the early 90’s. The father of a (white) classmate of mine also worked there. Today, such people don’t work in retail (unless maybe they’re management.)

        Hermes

        December 28, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    • I loved malls when I was a kid but I’m not sure why. They are pretty boring. At least when I was a kid the malls had arcades which were a big deal before home consoles caught up to arcade quality in the mid 90s.

      Otis the Sweaty

      December 28, 2016 at 10:52 am

      • Go back and watch Fast Times at Ridgemont High and you’ll remember why malls were so great 30 years ago. They were a teenage wonderland.

        Mike Street Station

        December 28, 2016 at 11:56 am

    • Did a youthful Lion play Arcade Pacman?

      The Undiscovered Jew

      December 28, 2016 at 10:57 am

    • the people i have talked to have told me the decline of the american mall is very much a racial phenomenon. minorities started using them as their hangout places and white people cleared out. malls are still very much alive where i live.

      james n.s.w

      December 28, 2016 at 12:10 pm

      • The problem is that American cities have built bus stops at the malls, to bus in poor blacks from the inner cities to work there. If we removed the public transportation, ghetto blacks would not be able to physically reach the malls. Problem solved. The problem then would be, who would staff the malls? Retail jobs are no longer good enough for whites, because they’re not self-actualizing and career-oriented.

        Hermes

        December 28, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      • Also, Chris Rock had a line about white flight from malls: “There’s only two kinds of malls. The white mall… and the mall white people used to go to!”

        Hermes

        December 28, 2016 at 2:56 pm

      • That’s also what happened to movie theaters. When people in 2000 said, “I’d rather watch at home on DVD,” they really meant, “no blacks.”

        Marty

        December 28, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    • Why hasn’t a single word been popularized yet representing the journalistic practice of hiding the race of perpetrators? I’m getting so annoyed at reading about some hazard created by ‘teenage youths’ accompanied by pictures of whites and Asians when the sole perpetrators, or near exclusive perpetrators, are blacks. When blacks read these stories do they ask themselves the same questions others ask, such as ‘why does this picture of teens show whites and Asians when neither group was involved in the melee? Check out this article. The first picture is of white and Asian girls. The second of Asian girls. Only at the very bottom is there a video showing the black perpetrators. http://www.sacbee.com/news/local/article123235154.html

      Curle

      December 28, 2016 at 12:18 pm

      • Blackwashing

        Robert the Wise

        December 30, 2016 at 5:59 am

    • @Otis: when I was a kid the malls had arcades

      Yes, on many Friday nights in the late ’70s, my mom would drop me and a couple of friends off at the mall while she did her own shopping, with instructions to meet in front of some specific store at 9:00 pm. Spending a couple of dollars in the arcade was a main event as well as walking the mall looking at girls. There never was any trouble. At about age 15, many teens got their first part-time jobs at the mall.

      @Hermes: Also, Chris Rock had a line about white flight from malls: “There’s only two kinds of malls. The white mall… and the mall white people used to go to!”

      Yes, so true. Black coworkers once cautioned me to stay away from the Bannister Mall in Kansas City. Same thing regarding the 163rd Street Mall in N. Miami.

      E. Rekshun

      December 28, 2016 at 4:05 pm

  32. I’ve never heard of half of those shows. I looked a few of them up. I see the –get a bunch of hot-heads to fight with one another while dressed in skimpy clothing– genera is still going strong. So is the –look at my suburban house and what’s in it– genera. The fact that garbage like this is being produced, distributed, and consumed reflects poorly on the people who finance it.

    Mr. Skeleton is God

    December 28, 2016 at 11:48 am

    • It’s stuff like this that attracts the worst Mexicans to the US.

      Mr. Skeleton is God

      December 28, 2016 at 11:50 am


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