(Mods – I can think of good reasons for this to be in pretty much every possible forum. Feel free to move it anywhere you think appropriate.)
While I don’t post very much, I’ve been lurking and reading and learning for many years.
One odd thing I’ve noticed is, over time the use of the term “Usual Suspects” (often thusly capitalized) in the Great Debates forum has changed from one end of the political spectrum to the other.
Back in 2002, “Usual Suspects” was a term used by left-leaning posters to describe people they felt were extreme right-wing partisans. December, Brutus, Shodan, milroyj and Sam Stone, among others, were often referred to as the “Usual Suspects,” in a predictably pejorative fashion.
Sometime between then and now, this has become reversed. The term is now used more often by right-leaners (e.g. Shodan, magellan01, smiling bandit and ArizonaTeach) to describe left-wing partisans.
Was this co-opting of the term intentional, on the part of the right-leaners? Or just a natural evolution of usage? Or am I the only one who even noticed? Is the shift indicative of anything? I’m curious what others here think – assuming, of course, that anyone cares, which is not at all a given.