The Backlash Tracker: Build 'Em Up, Knock 'Em Down, NEXT! : Monkey See We take a look at pop-culture backlash, from birth to death, and the path that lies ahead for that link everyone has been dropping in your inbox.
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The Backlash Tracker: Build 'Em Up, Knock 'Em Down, NEXT!

Now that the Susan Boyle-lash is well underway, it's a good time to look back on how we got here and what's likely to come next.

chart showing the first stage of backlash

In the first stage of a phenomenon based on warmth, public affection begins to grow as people discover something like, say, a surprisingly nice performance of "I Dreamed A Dream."

chart showing the second stage of backlash

In the second stage, some major party — here, it was