It being Christmas Day, evening in Oceania, and early morning in the USA, one would expect that the word “Christmas” would appear larger than any other word in each word cloud. The results are surprising.
The @nytimes (New York Times) Wordle did not record a single mention of Christmas. Instead, it focused heavily on reports of the shooting of a black youth by police officers in St. Louis, the words “Two” and “Officers” featuring more than any others. The tone of the Wordle is surprisingly grim, “Shootings”, “Fatal”, “Killed”, “Subdued”, “Protests” featuring above positive headlines.
New York Times Wordle
Sydney Morning Herald Wordle
The Daily Mail Wordle
Words with equal or greater representation as “Christmas” in the @IrishTimes Wordle are “Jesus”, “Pontiff”, “Mass”, “Christ”, ”Tenderness”, “Celebrate”, “Sermon”, “Holiday”. The tone of the Wordle is dramatically different from the @nytimes and @smh. The news source focuses on Christmas and it is clear that their interpretation of the holiday is a pious one. Indeed, the @IrishTimes Wordle is the most obviously religiously-orientated one.
The Irish Times Wordle
New Zealand Herald Wordle
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It seems particularly childish in traditionally Christian nations for news sources to avoid the very use of the word “Christmas” entirely. It is important to realise that secularism need not mean avoidance, and use of the word is scarcely a threat to anyone holding alternative beliefs. While the @IrishTimes is certainly too overtly religious for many (myself included), and the @nzh too consumer-driven, perhaps it isn’t too much to ask that all of the above news sources might also simply highlight some positive stories at this time of year.
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