In a recent study done by LexisNexis, they found a sudden spike in the New York Times' articles which focus on or simply mention words which relate to social justice. This might be a signal of the upcoming zeitgeist, of how people are clamoring for change, and how media is using its influence as a vehicle for said change.
Or it could just be trying to ride the wave of the trends. It's not just the New York Times that has been placing more urgency on pressing concerns but it is nice to see how these are measured in quantifiable terms.
Marginal Revolution presents several graphs, created by LexisNexis and posted by Zach Goldberg on his Twitter page, on word usage and frequency of certain terms which have been mentioned in New York Times articles from 1970 until 2018.
There is a markedly significant increase as you will note in social justice issues, which again could be a possible turning point in various sectors of society.
(Image credit: LexisNexis; Zach Goldberg/Twitter)