Donald Trump is a symptom of a larger disease plaguing todays politics

          One topic that was sparely brought up in class here and there by multiple people was Donald Trump. And to me it seemed like most of those people were repeating the same talking points that resulted in the Democratic Party’s low approval rating and cost Hillary the election. The main ones being that he’s racist and doesn’t like Islam (Muslims themselves included). As far as who was the shinier turd within that final stretch it was Donald Trump. American mainstream media, social media included, regularly and actively censored positive Trump coverage and ignored all negative Hillary coverage. Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks in 2006, during the presidential race said “…there was a deliberate attempt to ignore negative stories about Hillary Clinton…” (Engineer, 2017).

          The level of trust Americans have towards the mainstream media has dropped 23% for independents and 27% for Republicans from 1997 to 2015. Across age brackets, people 50+ trust the mainstream media 12%  more than those aged 18-49 year old going into 2015; a major shift from 2001 where 18-49 year old trusted the media 5% more than those 50+. 2011 is when this age demographic shift market Started to happen (Gallup, 2016).

          During the presidential debate Hillary Clinton was swamped with controversies, which really did not help her case. She never should have been a candidate in the first place considering her allegedly shady past of letting rapist go free, even though she herself was convinced he was guilty (Nathan’s, 2017). The better candidate would have been Bernie Sanders if the Democrats wanted to bag a clear victory. On the other hand Donald Trump is solidly fulfilling some of his easier promises despite media and social media backlash against him (Information, 2017). The funny thing is that this pattern of the Democrats losing an election to Republicans always happens when there is great turmoil in the world and/or the working class is sufficiently ignored by the ruling party, consistently after 36 years of uncontested rule (“Making Light: Electoral history, pattern-making, and meaning”, 2008).

References:

Engineer, C. (2017). Home. World. Retrieved from

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/750019/Julian-Assange-media-bias-wikileaks-Hillary-Clinton

Gallup, I. (2016). Americans’ trust in mass media sinks to new low. Retrieved 3 February 2017, from

http://www.gallup.com/poll/195542/americans-trust-mass-media-sinks-new-low.aspx%C4%87

Nathans, I. (2017). Clinton’s 1975 rape case. Retrieved 3 February 2017, from http://www.factcheck.org/2016/06/clintons-1975-rape-case/

Information, C. (2017). Trump making good on campaign promises, Gingrich says. Retrieved 3 February 2017, from

http://dailysignal.com/2017/01/25/trump-already-making-good-on-campaign-promises-says-newt-gingrich/
Making Light: Electoral history, pattern-making, and meaning. (2008). Nielsenhayden.com. Retrieved 25 March 2017, from http://nielsenhayden.com/makinglight/archives/010722.html

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Social Media may not be as great as many people seem to think

          The  most peculiar development of the last few decades to me will always be social media. It never really gelled with me as I don’t particularly care about how many “friends” I have and keeping up with everything that goes on with social media is a pain. That opinion however is a minority opinion in today’s world (Lenhart, 2015) where social media may even determine whether you might get hired or fired in case should someone find something you post “offensive” (Ryan Broderick and Emanuella Grinberg, 2013 & “14 Canadians who were fired for social media posts – Workopolis”, 2015). In other words within the last decade or so, mass social media adoption has caused a sharp increase in nihilism among what are now adults who will vote and shape the future among the world (“MercatorNet: Does modern technology promote pop culture nihilism?”, 2015). To me personally that doesn’t sound like the recipe for a successful future.

          There has been a drastic decrease of shared pain worldwide after World War II. The issues that would in the past have been solved by spilling blood, are solved by the United Nations through and the European Union by contract deals. While this did indeed makes Europe a safer place, in the long run it robbed the Europeans of their teeth as all of them significantly reduced their militaries and solved a majority of their problems through laws instead.

          Consequently social media rose out of the ashes but as of recently has been acting very authoritarian. Censoring any positive conservative news, banning people who have conservative viewpoints and manipulating their users emotions without consent BECAUSE SCIENCE! (“Forbes Welcome”, 2014). What we see in the coming rubble though is smaller sites like minds and vidme that, for now at least, have learnt the harsh truth of forsaking the free speech for a place where no one will be hurt and everyone will always laugh and smile.

 

References:

 

14 Canadians who were fired for social media posts – Workopolis. (2015). Workopolis. Retrieved 6 April 2017, from

http://careers.workopolis.com/advice/14-canadians-who-were-fired-for-social-media-posts/

 

Forbes Welcome. (2014). Forbes.com. Retrieved 7 April 2017, from

https://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2014/06/28/facebook-manipulated-689003-users-emotions-for-science/#32309474197c

 

Lenhart, A. (2015). Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015. Pew Research Center: Internet, Science & Tech. Retrieved 6 April 2017, from

http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/04/09/teens-social-media-technology-2015/

 

MercatorNet: Does modern technology promote pop culture nihilism?. (2015). MercatorNet. Retrieved 6 April 2017, from

https://www.mercatornet.com/connecting/view/15479