How Social Media Ruined the Election

 

by Elena Alvarez

@elenaalvarezpr

I was a much more optimistic person before this election. I was an even more optimistic person before I was on social media. Social media completely warped the way we talk to each other about political ideologies. Facebook is perhaps the worst of the political social media demons when it comes to the public. Before the election, everyone’s friends were posting about the election endlessly. Afterwards, the public bragging or outcry of disappointment in this country is rampant. And from both sides, public declarations of the end of friendships due to politics. On the other hand is Twitter, the mecca of public shaming. A constant cycle of rebuttals of foul politically fueled exchanges. And this is perhaps the reason we were all so shocked.

I can personally attest that I was shocked, I was hurt and I was horrified at the turnout. But immediately afterwards, I felt disappointed in myself because I was one of the many so blindly confident in Clinton’s election because I was swayed by the media. I believe that because all we chose to see on our social media was that of our candidate, it was so easy to see the outcome in our favor.

This is the actual flow of our contemporary political social life. We seem to relish political strife.

Every social media character played a major role in the American political discourse this election season. One could spend days on analysis on just Donald Trump’s effect, especially on Twitter. His combative nature seemed to spill over well onto the internet.

Overall, the environment of theses platforms forced us to allow the contentious air of our online political life to swallow us whole, making the Election 2016 and its results one of the most unbearable, shocking ever.

Just like this election, social media, at the hands of the People was ruined, because of we won’t take our head out of the sand and address problems head on.

 

Sources:

Roettgers, Janko. Blaming the Media for Trump? Don’t Forget Facebook, Twitter and Reddit. Retrieved Nov. 13 2015 from http://variety.com/2016/digital/opinion/election-2016-blame-facebook-twitter-reddit-1201913946/

Sanders, Sam. Data Scientists Find Consistencies In Donald Trump’s Erratic Twitter Strategy Retrieved Nov. 13 2015 from http://www.npr.org/2016/08/18/490523985/data-scientists-find-consistencies-in-donald-trumps-err

 

 

 

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