Monday, January 16, 2017

Donald Trump's tiny America: A look inside his Twitter following

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-Summary/Reaction to the ArticleThis article presents an argument about President-elect Trump and his use of social media to communicate with the American people.  The article argues that while Trump has many followers on social media sites such as Twitter, many of these followers might be fake accounts and/or represent non-Americans. Trump has been using social media to communicate with the mainstream media, rather than holding traditional news conferences where reporters have the ability to ask questions, clarify statements, etc.  A reporter who is frustrated that Trump is not speaking to reporters and instead using social media to make statements and share his opinions wrote this article.  

-US History Connection: In our study of the Great Depression, we learned that President Franklin D Roosevelt tried a new form of communication – the fireside chat.  FDR went on the radio once a week to talk with the American people and update them on New Deal programs.  Similar to methods currently being used by Trump, FDR was able to make statements and share his opinions on the radio directly with the people rather than speaking with and taking questions from reporters.  

-Question(s) for Discussion: How has social media changed the way that politicians communicate with voters?  Is this a positive change?  How should politicians communicate with their constituents?    

32 comments:

  1. Social media has changed communication because it is causing their to be more of a one way conversation so now a reporter can't clarify question. In my opinion that is more of a negative change. They should communicate with them in conferences

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  2. With the help of social media we the people are able to view what the candidate supports and opposes in a very timely manner. Social media also allows politicians to spread their message throughout the world and easily attain more followers. While social media is helpful, I believe that politicians should use social media sparingly because it could be very dangerous. Because we the people can not hear the tone of voice or the facial expression of the politician we do not know if they are being sarcastic or not. This means we can not get the message that is actually trying to be conveyed. However, I believe that social media overall, has been a positive change.

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  3. Social Media has changed the way politicians have aimed at voters by them attaching their ideas to the younger generations. It could be positive but it could also be very bad for them. They should try and connect with the voters and see if they could do anything to try and persuade them.

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  4. Although social media can help people to be to date with what's going on, it's very unprofessional for someone that's in a position of higher power to be talking to the people of the country from a phone screen. It is a negative change because proper information isn't being given out to reporters so we won't be able to get the full package about the things that go on.

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  5. I personally agree more with Alfredo on this topic that there has been more of a negative change rather than positive. Like he said, reporters and even everyday people don't have the ability to directly respond or ask for clarification if he is shying away from normal conferences and more to social media. In the position he is now holding, I don't think it is responsible to deliver news over things like twitter.

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  6. Trump using social media to communicate with the public is a positive thing. Social media is open to pretty much anyone who wants to use it. This makes it easier for Trump to get his views across to the public. Trump on social media is also a place where he can write whatever he wants and be "human" just like everyone else.

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  7. I think that social media is challenging for politicians to use to communicate with voters because everyone can interpret what they say differently, which is non-beneficial for the politician. As Alfredo said, it's more of a one way conversation because the ready cannot respond or clarify anything. I don't think it is a positive change. I think that politicians should communicate with anything that is live like conferences.

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  8. Social media has changed the method of communication with their voters by using it to directly share views with voters rather than taking press conferences where reporters ask all the questions. While this is a new way that presidential candidates share their ideas, it is a good and bad thing because it can be easier to determine a candidate's position and views on certain aspects of government, society, etc. However, it also can be a deceptive way of communication because we do not know of the true intentions of a person's social media posts, and could be easier to disguise one's true views to gain more followers. I believe that this openness of communication is a positive change, and should be used alongside the "old ways" to maximize the amount of communication with constituents.

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  9. I think that Social Media has made it so, we can say whatever we want without further questioning. Overall, I believe Politcians should continue talking with reporters because then information can be released with more detail that the reporters seek out.

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  10. I think the way Donald Trump uses Twitter is very inappropriate and not professional at all. I don't think politicians should be allowed to run their own Twitter page like Trump does, but they should have a representative managing their account(s), like Bernie Sanders has who manages his Twitter account. Although social media does make it easier to communicate with people, it may not be the best thing for Trump because he tends Tweet about certain things to draw attention away from other issues. He does not manage himself or his words on Twitter well at all and he sparks a lot of controversy with his Tweets.

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  11. I believe social media changed the way that politicians communicate because many people can understand what they are saying first-hand. I believe it does have some positive aspects to it. But I believe that politician should not only use socials to get their points that way.

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  12. I believe that social media changed their way of communication drastically but not in the sense of it being positive. Context-wise I think using social media is not an effective way especially for clarifying things out. Misinterpretation is one of the biggest problems with it and with their case it would just turn out to be the worst. It would work out better if it comes from their own mouths.

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  13. I believe that when done properly, social media is the way to go. However, that requires being detailed in your posts- for example you can tweet/facebook/etc a brief opinion on something but provide a link to something like a press release.

    Important events should be saved for news conferences so reporters can ask questions, but for everyday issues and 'getting the word out' social media is better as it is much faster and more direct.

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  14. I think that politicians communicating through social media is good because it gives them a way to directly communicate with Americans. It also is an easy way to gain publicity and to influence people. I believe that they should also be careful in what they say because Trump has made some rude remarks.

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  15. I don't think politicians should communicate with americans through social media as much as Donald Trump does. In Trumps case it has not been a positive aspect - he tends to argue and subtweet with many americans. I believe Trump should talk at conferences - instead of hiding behind a screen so much.

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  16. I believe this form of communication can be both good and bad. It is good because it allows people to see what the politicians have to say about current world issues. It is bad because the politicians may feel that they can get away with anything since it is on the Internet. America's first amendment is "freedom of speech" and many politicians may excessive this muscle of theirs on media. Politicians should be able to create their own PRIVATE page where followers can choose to see their posts based on if they agree with said politicians. This will create a space where these people can discuss certain topics without the consequences of a debate.

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  17. Social media is an unofficial way of communication that is usually left to bloggers, baby photos, and wedding pictures. For official use, such as politicians, social media should not be used. Just as one needs to E-mail about a job interview rather than text, Politicians should use the appropriate medium for the information they are conveying.

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  18. I think politicians shouldn't use social media to communicate with voters because they can misinterpret a post and won't be able to get clarification on things said.

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  19. I think politicians should use social media to communicate because social media gives a person more insight about whats happening and I also believe that this is a positive thing for politicians.

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  20. I think that politicians should't use social media because people might misinterpret a post and they wont ever have it clarified, so the people will stay confused, asking them selves what a politician meant by that. Donald Trump is confusing many because of how much he uses social media.

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  21. i feel this is not the way we should be communicating to the american people. The way that something is typed may be miss leading because you don't know what tone of voice or what point they are trying to get across. unfortunately Trump has a way with words that just pushes peoples buttons.

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  22. Social Media has changed the way politicians speak to voters by how they talk to them. For example, a politician would speak formally at a press conference to impress those around him/her. But, when they use social media, they may something that others may find offensive. This isn't necessarily a positive change because you may infuriate others however they deal with it. Politicians should speak with kindness and encouragement. They can speak their minds, but they should also try to respect others as well. Politicians can't do what they are best at when they are constantly being looked upon with hatred.

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  23. i feel that Social Media is a good outlet when communicating with followers, but some platforms are not as ideal as others. For example, a lot of people on twitter don't take things seriously, and Trump's tweets aren't doing him justice-- in fact, it's damaging his reputation. If I were Trump, I would have a Media Adviser to ensure that the tweets he sends out are more coherent and mature for an old man like him

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  24. I think social media is a great way to talk to the people. It lets people globally see what he thinks of. What he says can be controversial. His opinions are not always positive and can have drastic effect on people.

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  25. I think Social media is a great way to communicate with people but, I kind of doubt Trump manages his own twitter page. Although if he did I think he should be careful what he says since Media can be used as a weapon.

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  26. I think that social media is a good way to interact with the people but I think Trump is using it wrong. I think it would be a positive change if Trump actually used it to communicate rather than as a diary for his personal thoughts.

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  27. I believe that social media could have a positive impact on society if used properly. However, some choose not to use it as a way to communicate but instead to post whatever comes to mind. I think it could be more positively used as a way for the public to receive information about current political issues.

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  28. I believe social media as its pros and cons towards politics because in most cases social media exposes politicians bad side or comments that the people might not like, but overall its pros are that they promote themselves a lot more through social media, but I think politicians should reach out by sending messages of hope and plans to promote well-being for the people and the enviroment

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  29. Social media is a great way for politicians to communicate with the audience. Everyone has some form of social media so they can connect with everyone. This method seems effective because everyone can take part without having any qualifications in order to be a part of something. Even though they can be contacted, not everyone will be given attention due to the large mass of people.

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  30. In my own opinion, I believe that using social media to talk about what the president is going to do is a bad idea due to the fact that using comments or posts only talks to the american people indirectly. Instead of having clarifying questions that would get the people's answers heard in his own voice, using posts and suspicious "fake accounts" won't bring in the slightest close to what press news conferences would give in the terms of having their questions truly answered.

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  31. I think that communicating with the president through social media is bad because it is immature for him to even be using it.

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  32. It as changed in a negative way because they are almost convincing voters to vote for them and maybe bribing them in a certain way.And sometimes social media doesn't sound the same than face to face.

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