March 03, 2015
The political reaction to television can take any form, from high praise to outright rejection. When something happens on TV, public reaction materializes in short order, especially on Twitter. This past week saw two such reactions, one incredibly sad but positive, the other sparking outrage. The death of Leonard Nimoy and the reaction to Saturday Night Live’s parody of a Toyota commercial elicited such different responses. Yet, in some way, the opposite reactions might not have been predicted given the similarities in the root references if not for the differences in time lags between the Twitter reactions .