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Word-edit tracing on Wikipedia

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In late 2017 / early 2018, I did a data post about the word "microaggression" appearing on Wikipedia.
What has the word "microaggression" been up to since then? Let's hurtle back in linguistic space-time. Before Ice Spice, before "Let's Go Brandon".

My latest search returns 251 articles (up from 77). I can't include every new article I tried to include an interesting sample in chronological order:


A lot of these articles summarize TV episodes - "microaggression" may be a useful shorthand for past and present concepts. This One Day at a Time edit back to 2017 was neat, but nowhere near the epic character bio which I saw last time for Australia's 2007 series Summer Heights High. Sadly that bio got erased in late 2019 by an editor describing it as "unnecessary".

There are a lot of young adult book articles using "microaggression", too. Are YA book articles encouraged on Wikipedia to hook new editors? Examples include: New Kid, Emergency Contact, Zachary Ying and the Dragon Emperor, The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person, Miss Meteor, Unidentified Suburban Object, and Real Life

Since 2017, many more users identify their university/course. This probably comes from backlash to assigning students to make edits on Wikipedia/GitHub/OpenStreetMap, something which sounds like a cool media activity but floods the commons with low-effort content which the author didn't even want. I swear there was a definitive rant about this (or is that a "stop assigning your students to email me" rant?). The Student Assignments page has guidelines (mostly to better identify who is editing), Education Noticeboard tends to track these events, and admins block professors if they have recurring problems.

My other theory about YA books and microaggressions is that A- it's a way to include racism in a way that can be non-violent or redeemable (like the misguided teacher in Do the Write Thing); B- Wiki editors write "microaggression" even when racism is in the original (such as the McLaughlin article, and The Hate U Give); and C- young editors may be embracing the word?

The UK soap opera and Disney airing their anti-racism episode in spring 2021 probably has something to do with when they resumed filming post-covid. When did Disney clear child actors to go back on set during covid? Were they in a bubble as long as the NBA (through October 2020)? How is there an 8-hour video about Victorious and 90 minutes on the Disney Channel tones but no The Show Must Go On: Continuity of Family Entertainment or Virus in the Mouse House: Risk Your Kid for Content? docu-series.

The media landscape and Wikipedia are slowly accepting un-serious use of microaggressions for the French, vegans, and non-parents.

I also learned that everyone in Congress is getting a totally-not-creepy audio bit added to their bio:

It's wild that someone can rewrite the whole "Quantitative methods in criminology" article in 2016, cite themself or a friend twice (this user got chastised for citing these authors on multiple articles), and years later the article is relatively unchanged, if you happen to land there. Same for the wine racism article, and the veggie restaurant in New Haven (which was spared from deletion in 2010). Yet a book needs to win a Pulitzer before getting its own Wikipedia article?