Why Trump’s Presidency is a Joke

Well, when you read the title, you can guess what the subject is. Now granted, this is a blog post coming from a college student that classifies himself as republican, which sickens me at the fact that my political party decided to elect this man as its representative. Here, I will explain the (not so) good, the ugly bad, and the god awful ugly reasons why Trump needs to lay off the social media and stick to the oval office.

The Not-So Good

So, what made Trump such a goofy candidate in this election was the fact that he held no experience in any form of government prior. His sole profession before he just magically decided to run for office was simply a businessman that was imbedded into the real estate industry from his father’s real estate company. The only accreditation anyone can give him is the fact that he knows his way into the financial side of spending, and even if that, he still has had multiple failed ventures such as Trump University. As the phrase states, “There goes the neighborhood,” except the neighborhood in this case would be our government spending.

The Ugly Bad

When someone speaks out in front of a group of people, they want to make a phenomenal first impression. By accomplishing this goal, they simply cannot say anything that would come off as controversial or offensive. Donald J. Trump most likely looks at this idea as foolish, when the ironic fact of the matter is that he himself has been nothing but offensive throughout his entire campaign. He has continuously made remarks against the Hispanic community, the Muslim community, and many women across the country through simple videos of him displaying his own opinion. Now we don’t want a president like that, do we?

The God Awful Ugly

What makes Donald Trump so damn ugly is not just his beer belly in his suit, but it’s more of the fact that his personality and attitude is going to get this country into trouble. China and North Korea (two nations with powerful resources such as food, weaponry, etc.) have both come out and stated that they will not hesitate into going to war against the United States. I don’t know about the rest of the population, but I am not trying to involve myself into a third world war where human existence just might not survive. For me to somewhat support Trump, he first must understand that the lifestyle of the common man has changed and to stop going on social media such as Twitter to voice his own personal disbelief.

 

To sum it all up, this man is our president, but that does not mean we should like it. Check out some other links below with more information on this clown of a leader

 

http://time.com/4652966/donald-trump-refugee-ban-executive-order-republicans/

Youtube Channel: Kapitol

Facebook and their role in the 2016 election

By Maria Martinez

Fake news has been a hot topic for this year in many situations from people enhancing stories on social media to American adults solely relying on Facebook for news.
It is election year and our results were less than pleasing for most of us and even a wakeup call to the problem we are dealing with. Fake news isn’t just about enhancement to generate buzz for our views, social movements and rights but it has now become something that is creating “real-world political repercussions”.

Mark Zuckerberg denies any influence Facebook may have created during this election claiming it “is a pretty crazy idea” even though there has been data showing the amount of Americans who rely on Facebook for their news.

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Photos Courtesy of Nieman Lab

Facebook along with other news sources claim they are now taking action into removing any news with no basis to eliminate any possible fake news. Facebook did take some drastic measures by cutting funding of ads for the creators of this popular content. Most claims have been made against Facebook’s News Feed and Trending Topics, two of their main content products.

Stories from these two content forms included the supposed endorsement of Donald Trump from the Pope, the disqualification of Hillary to run for president because of her health, and the claim Democrats in Pennsylvania could cast their ballots from home, all stories resulted false. Stories misinforming Democrats about their eligibility to vote online from home is a great example of how they may have missed their voting window after realizing their inability to do so.

Do you believe Facebook should be held responsible for allowing fake news to be shared and allowing uncontained attention? Some people believe with a big platform that drives attention from such a big audience, 1.79 billion active monthly users to be exact, they should be held responsible. Or do you believe they should allow users to practice free speech on their own personal page even if it is shared with thousands of people causing them to be misinformed?

I hate the Electoral College

There have been four presidential elections where the candidate that won the popular vote didn’t actually become president.  This was because of the Electoral College.  In order to win the presidency, candidates have to get a majority of the elector votes, or 270 out of the 538 possible.  A state has the same number of electors as it has representatives and Senators.  The minimum is three and the maximum is 54.

These electors are chosen to have the final vote in who becomes president.  Once the popular vote is counted, the electors go to the state capitals and are supposed to vote for who the people chose.  Washington D.C. and 26 states “bind” their electors, meaning the electors have to vote who the public votes for, or they would be faced with fines.  While there have been elector votes that didn’t match with what the public voted, none of these “Faithless Voters” have made large changes in elections.

The most recent election where the Electoral College votes did not match up with the popular vote was the 2000 election.  Al Gore lost to George W. Bush, with only a difference of five elector votes.  Gore won the popular vote by 500,000 votes.  How did this happen?  The states that Bush won the popular vote in ended up having more electoral votes than the ones Gore won in.  The sitting Vice President finishes the electoral meeting with announcing the president, which means that Gore had to announce that he had lost the race to Bush.

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Statistics from archives.gov

Last week, The Chicago Tribune published an article saying that Donald Trump could lose this election in the same way Gore did.  In the article, they cited a calculation of NPR’s that said a candidate could have only 23% of the popular vote, but still win the Electoral College votes.  Right now, it looks like Hillary Clinton has the upper hand in states with a higher number of electors.

The Electoral College is an unnecessary middleman in the voting process in the United States.  But that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t vote.  Your stance on politics won’t mean anything if you don’t vote!

This election ends on Tuesday, November 8. Be sure to get out there and vote!

By Bethany LaChance

 

 

 

Trump Hotels: Scion Trumps Trump

As this year’s presidential election morphs into a glorious dumpster fire in its final weeks, one of its hardest-hit casualties has been the thing that spurred it on from the beginning: the Trump name, and, by extension, the Trump brand.

Since Donald J. Trump made his way to the forefront of the GOP, several news sources have reported his brand’s decline in business. The popular mobile app FourSquare found that although foot traffic by Trump brand hotels had been fairly consistent for years, it has been in decline in many of its locations across the nation since 2015. The double-digit drop in traffic, according to the FourSquare report, has been most prevalent among the app’s female users.

From FourSquare, as well as a Fortune article  which centers on the Trump brand’s decline in popularity among its more affluent consumers, it comes as no surprise that the company would move in a new direction for their new line of hotels.

Earlier this week, the Trump Hotels issued a press release in which they announced a rebranding of its new hotel chain, which will be known as “Scion.” The name is meant to be a “multi-faceted lifestyle brand developed in response to the boom in social clubs and the “we” economy,” the press release stated.

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Image from Hotel Business

In my opinion, this shows that the head honchos over at the Trump Corporation are looking ahead past the election, and that the best decision they can make is to distance themselves from the political melee that has ensued over the past year and a half. Even though they stand by Donald Trump, it makes sense that they would be gearing up to turn a new leaf come November 9.

What all of this shows is the impact that social media can have on issues much larger than any individual’s cat post or Facebook rant. Who would have thought twenty years ago that an app like FourSquare, which exists for the purpose of allowing people to see where their friends are, would contribute to the national commentary of one of the most – if not the – most controversial American presidential election of all time?

The main takeaway is that we are entering into uncharted territory as a nation. The internet is ubiquitously influencing everything we do, and it’s up to us to determine which influences to allow. In the case of Scion, how long will it be before people who once denounced Trump’s misogynistic rhetoric book a room? When will the moral lines in the sand that people draw now going to move as we move past this election cycle? What effects will this election have on businesses, politics, and the way their publics interact with them? Only time (and social media) will tell.

Social Media is over your politics, America.

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By: Thalia Molina

The third and final presidential debate concluded last night and boy am I glad that’s over… To be completely honest, I didn’t even watch it. I mean why waste a perfectly good hour of my life watching two 5 year olds bicker when I could go out and have a drink instead, right? Well, I opted for the latter last night. Although I was extremely interested in the topics that were being discussed, I decided that I would just get the “low-down” via social media later because let’s get real, this election cycle has thrived off social media. Based on the tweets I’ve seen since last night, my speculations were correct. The debate was a pretty big joke thanks to one of the candidates more than the other.

Turns out I’m not the only one that is completely over this election. Social media is becoming pretty sick of this entire presidential BS as well. It’s heartbreaking to think that this isn’t just a bad dream we’ll wake up from come November 8th. The media depiction of our candidates is a sad case and it is completely going against what America should be. I am no different than most, as I find humor in the many Donald Trump memes floating around the Internet but is it okay? Hardly. It’s been speculated that this election is taking a toll on social media users causing them to be particularly stressed about America’s future.

Fact of the matter is that America is already pretty doomed at this point. Voting for a “man” with a long-standing history of sexual harassment as our republican candidate was were America lost me. Of course it’s stressful. Our candidates are bullying and attacking each other with immature banter in front of the entire country. This may have been all fun and games for the World Wide Web at some point in time, but those days are now over. This is a serious matter and the world of social is becoming sick of it.

 

References:

Collins, T. (2016). Trump, Clinton get ugly in debate; social media is sick of it. Retrieved from https://www.cnet.com/news/donald-trump-hillary-clinton-third-final-presidential-debate-twitter-republicans-democrats-nasty/

Nash, C. (2016). Report: Social Media Users More Likely to Feel ‘Stressed’ over 2016 Election. Retrieved from http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2016/10/19/report-social-media-users-more-likely-feel-stressed-over-2016-election/

Social Media Platforms and Google Agree: Americans Should Register To Vote!

deabteBy Mary M. Murphy

There’s no doubt about it; this years’ presidential election is one of the most talked about topics of the season. Although many people are discussing this significant election, they need to do more than talk if they want to make an impact – they need to vote, and in order to vote, they need to be registered.

Major social media platforms and Google have acknowledged the importance of voting, and they’re using their large reach to encourage their American users to register to vote. Google was one of the first to encourage voter registration by making it simple and easy for users to understand with their new search feature.

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Google’s Search Result infographic (courtesy of Google.com) 

When Google users search “register to vote” or a related term, their first search result is an easy infographic that includes important voting information, such as how to vote, voting requirements and when to vote. This infographic has English and Spanish options for users.

 

Facebook also jumped on the voter registration awareness train in time for National Voter Registration Day, September 27. From September 23 – 27, Facebook users 18 and over saw a message at the top of their News Feed that prompted them to register.

If a user clicked the “Register” banner on their News Feed, Facebook would redirect them to vote.USA.gov, where they could register to vote. After completing the process, users were able to post a special status so their friends could see that they had registered.

Twitter implemented a chatbot-style voter registration for their users on National Voter Registration Day to make registering easier. If users want to register, they can simply send a direct message to the official Twitter Government account (@Gov) to begin a short voter registration process.

After the user sends @Gov their zip code, @Gov will send them a voter registration deadline and a personalized link to register. Like Facebook, Twitter encourages users to share when they register to vote by tweeting with the #iRegistered hashtag, which has its own special emoji.

On National Voter Registration Day, Instagram also debuted their initiative to encourage voter registration. From September 27 to September 30, Instagram placed a sponsored post in users’ news feeds that, if clicked on, directed them to the official U.S. voter registration website.

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Instagram’s sponsored ads like the one above appeared in users’ news feeds, encouraging them to register to vote. (Image courtesy of AdWeek).

Even Tumblr encouraged their users to register to vote on National Voter Registration Day. Their official account posted a gif and text post that emphasized the importance of voting and shared a link where users could register.

One of the newest social media platforms that took part in voter registration awareness was Snapchat. This was helpful for reaching millennials. According to Nielsen data, Snapchat reaches 41 percent of all 18 to 34 year olds.

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Snapchat’s video ad directed users to TurboVote’s webpage within the app. (Image courtesy of Mashable).

From September 15 through October 7, Snapchat partnered with TurboVote to encourage Snapchat users to register before the election. During this time, users in the U.S. who were 18 and older saw video ads in-between their usual Snapchat Stories that featured celebrities prompting them to vote. If a user swiped up on the video ad, they would be directed to register.turbovote.org, where they could register to vote in about 60 seconds.

 

Facebook, Google, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram and Snapchat have tried to make it easier for their users to register to vote. Hopefully, the people who use these social media applications and Google’s search engine were encouraged to register after seeing their messages. I wouldn’t be surprised if these social media applications ran another campaign closer to Election Day that encourages their users to get out and vote in this important presidential election.

 

Social media for the good, the bad, and the young?

By: Nicolas Austin

@nicolaslucky27

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Some people consider social media as one of the best thing to ever happen to the world, while some consider social media as a nuisance that has caused marital problems, bad friendships, cyberbullying, and yes even trolls. But wait, there is a plus side to social media! Social media is looked upon as being a source for people to receive news content. Last semester, in spring 2016, I did a research paper with a classmate on the idea of whether or not college students are more likely to receive their news from social media. We did not fully conduct the research, but instead we wrote a literature review based on our hypothesis, in which we believed college students are more likely to receive their news from social media, instead of obtaining it from news outlets and newspapers. Our findings within the literature provided futuristic insight, in which media bias plays a part in college students’ social life via social media. According to the Washington Post, research has been done in regards to finding out if politics on social media has an effect on people’s participation to vote, but the results has been vague and not concise because of the concept of whether or not they have an interest of politics before getting online.

Social media is more of a young person sport, in which older people are more likely to not be a part of the social media lifestyle. For example, in regards to this year 2016 presidential campaign, according to Pew Research Center, people from the age of 18-29 are 35% more likely to find social media as a helpful source to understanding the campaign. On the other hand, only 15% of people from the age of 30-49 found social media helpful for learning about the campaign, while only 5% of people from the age of 50-64 considered it useful.

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I honestly believe people need to learn how to adapt, and be less close minded. I don’t expect this young generation today to read a newspaper on a consistent basic, neither do I expect older people to jump onto social media; but what I do expect is the idea of young people picking up a newspaper every now and then, and for older people to possibly ask a young person about any relevant news going on in the world today. Young and elderly people can learn a lot from each other about news content. I know as a young person myself, I talk to my parents and grandparents about news content from social media because since they don’t have any social media accounts, I definitely would receive the news quicker than them picking up the newspaper or watching it on television. But there has been times before in which my dad would constantly tell me about news I wasn’t aware about by him reading the newspaper. Overall social media is becoming a better source for news content, but with that being said, we shouldn’t count out news outlets and newspapers for news content, especially if we don’t have access to social media.

References

Curry, K., (2016). Retrieved October 2, 2016, from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2016/09/30/more-and-more-people-get-their-news-via-social-media-is-that-good-or-bad/

Shearer, E., Mitchell, A., Gottfried, J., & Barthel, M. (2016). Retrieved October 2, 2016, from http://www.journalism.org/2016/02/04/the-2016-presidential-campaign-a-news-event-thats-hard-to-miss/