January 03, 2008

Shouldn't Red States be Blue?

Who decided on the color-coding for red states and blue states?

Universally, red tends to be the political color used to represent Labor/Socialist parties where blue tends to represent Conservative/Right-Wingers. You'll find this trend to be globally consistent... except for in America. As I researched this, I found out that only in 2000 was this switch made. There was no real consistency in the prior elections, and as recently as 1984, Reagan's landslide victory was painted in a "sea of blue" on a popular NBC map.

I haven't been able to find out who made the change (readers?), but it was likely a media decision, and frankly, it's pretty brilliant for the Democrats.

In terms of psychology, people like blue more than red. But, isn't it just a bit confusing to go against the global politically symbolism of these colors?

And I understand that Democrats would be apprehensive aligning themselves with a traditional color used to represent Communism, but it makes at least a LITTLE more sense logically, no?


Matt said...

is red is for redneck

Sabai said...

exactly. so, now we need to think of something bad about blue...

blue. sky blue. you're gay.

something like that.

Steve said...

I could be wrong, but if I had to wager I'd say this goes back to some graphics department flunky at one of the networks who color-coded the election map for the 2000 race. In other words, it's completely random. While I reject the entire construct as a destructive gross oversimplification, at least couldn't they make one of the colors puce so they'd be more fun to say?

chris said...

If I had to guess, I'd go for some psychological explanation. Its an attempt to conjure up hostile feelings about middle America. Not that the metro folks on the coasts have a hard time bashing those people without subliminal messages.

"something bad=you're gay?"

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