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Yet another mid-70s inflection point

(See "Calling all chart geeks!" for previous discussion.) A lot of things happened in the mid-70s -- I'd argue a change in the constitutional order began then, or would, if I had my analytical ducks lined up -- including the flattening of real wages and the beginnings of "income inequality" as we have come to know it today. And here's something else that happened, from the Atlantic:

Overall, the only emotion that's become more prevalent over time is "fear," which has occurred in books much more frequently since the 1970s. Maybe we can thank Stephen King for that.

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So, as the chart shows, "fear" began to pull away from other emotions in literature (that is, in the imagination) in the mid-70s, along with so much else. I wouldn't blame Stephen King, though.

I'd blame financialization and the coming of the market state.

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