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Echoes in the Parler

November 23, 2020

Over the past four years, how many of us have felt the need to unfriend, unfollow, or block a friend or family member on social media over political views? This is happening more and more often, as we have become increasingly polarized over politics. It can be argued that the tendency to ignore people with…

When Trump Becomes One of Us on Social Media

November 13, 2020

In some ways, the perks of being a world leader extend to social media pages. When Joe Biden is inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States on January 20, 2021, Donald Trump will lose his special status as a world leader on Twitter and Facebook. This will mean he is just as subject…

When Trump Becomes One of Us Again

November 11, 2020

On January 20, 2021, when Joe Biden is inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States, Donald Trump will lose his special status as a world leader on Twitter and Facebook. This will mean he is just as subject to the policies and rules of those social media platforms as anyone else.  During his…

Social Media and Civic Engagement

November 7, 2020

What is Civic Engagement? Civic engagement is something that most of us don’t think much about in our daily lives. Many probably don’t know anything about it. It means to be involved in matters of public concern. To be clear, civic engagement means being involved in politics, because it means you are engaging with your…

Trump Censored on Twitter 4 Times in 12 Hours

November 4, 2020

President Donald Trump has had his run-ins with the censors over at Twitter a few times in the last year… but nothing like the past 12 hours. CNN reported “Despite the confidence the Trump campaign projected in a call with reporters this morning, not everyone was feeling optimistic waking up on Wednesday as President Trump’s…

Social Media’s Response to QAnon

November 4, 2020

Do you remember the early days of the internet, when people thought only of how to use it as a vehicle for easily finding information? That turned out to be true, but it has definitely gone in a direction most of us in the late 1990s and early 2000s would not have expected. We were…

Presidents on Facebook

November 2, 2020

In late 2019, during one of Mark Zuckerberg’s many trips to Washington to defend Facebook in front of Congress, he stopped for a private dinner with Donald Trump and offered the president a titillating statistic: “I’d like to congratulate you,” Zuckerberg said. “You’re No. 1 on Facebook.” At least that was the story as told by Trump on…