This Is Exactly What The New York Times Likes To Talk About

Alexis Lloyd brings up a solid point with the unveiling of an archival tool she developed for The New York Times: "News publishing is an inherently ephemeral act." The tool itself is called Chronicle and it traces the usage of virtually any word or phrase one enters, as it appeared throughout the Times' now 162-year-old archive. You want to trace the history of, say, "war" and "peace"? Go for it. Hell, go crazy and specify the types of war. If the Times published the phrase, Chronicle will show you how many times.
Aside from tracking the history of viral dances, Chronicle is living, breathing virtual "first draft of history," as Lloyd puts it. It highlights the moments our cultural vernacular shifted from "football" to "soccer." When did rap really begin to take hold in pop culture? Chronicle knows that, and even when "hip-hop" started to overpower it.
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Check it out for yourself here. It sure as hell beats whatever information those text books from yesteryear pandered to us. Plus, it's a minimalist's dream.
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Sorry, hipsters, but Millennials have been "It" for decades.
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Alright, so here "acid" likely refers to actual acid, but thanks to the rise of LSD in the '60s, it's been a mainstay in the Times' vernacular. Drugs, though, are apparently forever.
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If the World Cup wasn't enough of an indication that "football" reigns supreme, here's statistical proof.
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Three cheers and an extended vibrato for opera, the one music genre that will not quit!
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Surprise! Madonna's been popular for, like, ever thanks to the whole religious art thing that happened a long time ago.
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Not to pick sides here, but Tupac's moment was, erm, big.
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Sigh, the world just loves the good boys of rock 'n' roll. Whatever. Some of us would rather listen to "Sympathy for the Devil" than bubbly Brits.
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This one's fascinating. It's only in the last century that the distinction between different sexualities began to buzz. Even "homosexuality" as a broad term was hardly reported on!.
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Both boroughs are on the decline today, but man, Brooklyn reigned way back then.
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Let the New York vs. L.A. battle begin.
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Behold, the moment "celebrity" truly became a thing. Thanks, Hollywood!
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We really do love writing about ourselves, don't we?
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A nation divided? Nah.
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History books could benefit from this graph.
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It's interesting to see, when compared to the previous graph, the moment feminism and women's rights declined as equal and civil rights rose.
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The whole "as the rich get richer, the poor get poorer" statement kind of makes sense now.
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Well, at least peace has been given a steady chance.
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Life wins.
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