Twitter

By Kate Mazza, Julia Mulry, Regina McCormick

Twitter has enhanced the senses of vision and hearing. It has increased the pace of how people encode information. It has also quickened the reception of news regarding current events, celebrities, and other public figures. Rather than picking up a newspaper, Twitter allows people to easily access information in a matter of moments by scrolling through their phone. It has also changed outdated media platforms including MySpace, Tumblr, and even Facebook. It allows users to post short, concise statuses, eliminating the need for long updates and statuses as seen on media such as Facebook. It is used by average social media goers, celebrities, political figures, and businesses. It allows marketers and advertisers to put out information in easily noticeable and simple messages. Twitter has ultimately contributed to the way today’s culture is much more quick-paced and impatient. Along with smartphones, Twitter has become a form of social media which allows users to access information, news, entertainment, and personal information instantaneously.

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Before this major social media platform became worth more than $5 billion, it began as the smaller platform “Twttr”. The idea behind Twttr was to send a text to one number that would be broadcasted for all of your friends to see. Twttr was launched in February of 2006. Later the name would become Twitter due to co-founder Noah Glass. The platform was launched in July 2006 by co-founders Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Biz Stone, and Noah Glass. In 2007, the first pound symbol or hashtag was used to indicate specific groups. Twitter has rapidly spread among social media users, along with influencing the way breaking news is delivered. This was highlighted for one of the first times when a US airline flight crashed in the Hudson River. Twitter presenting this breaking news highlighted the influence it has made on the media and news as well. Twitter has a total of about 310M monthly active users. 24.6% of verified accounts are made by journalists, and 83% of the world’s leaders have Twitter accounts. 65.8% of US large companies use Twitter for marketing. Twitter is a medium which instantaneously allows users to present information or news over a phone or laptop, and it influences the media, news, celebrities, and the everyday social media user.

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Twitter has many negative and positive impacts on todays society including publicly and democratically. There are 3 articles that prove this. In this article, “The age of twitter: Donald J. Trump and the politics of debasement”, it explores the changing character of public life on the age of twitter. Oltt uses the ‘medium theory’, which is a perspective that suggests every communication technology has features that explain how the users of the medium process information and make sense of the world. Oltt argues that twitter is negative because it protests against others through impulse. Twitter is also negative because of the short character count that it has. It structurally “disallows” the communication of important messages that can be spread by using twitter. I believe that twitter is beneficial towards the current events that are happening today but can be used in a negative way as well, to start protests. Oltt also claims that by twitter promoting clever or smart ideas, it reshapes human cognition by shortening our attention span. Twitter also, according to Oltt, demand simplicity, promotes impulsivity and fosters incivility. 

The second article, “Twitter Activism and youth in South Africa: the case of #Rhodesmustfall” by Tanja Bosch, explains how a university used twitter in order to help spread word of an important event that was taking place in the town. Rhodes must fall, or known as RMF, took place at the University of Cape Town and compromised student-led protests, which campaigned to remove the statue of British Colonialist Cecil John Rhodes. Protestors argued that the statue promoted racism and a culture of exclusion, particularly for black students. Through this campaign, twitter served as a major center for the youth participation, reflecting the political practices and shaping the public debate by setting mainstream news agendas. This campaign analyzed that social media discussions should not be viewed as detached from more traditional media platforms. This article argues that the youth is using more social networking websites, like Twitter, to develop a new biography of citizens, also known as activism. Also twitter allows the youth to interact with more broader socio-political issues.

The last article, by Derrick L. Coburn “From Networked Nominee to Networked Nation: Examining the Impact of Web 2.0 and Social Media on Political Participation and Civic Engagement in the 2008 Obama Campaign”, explores the use of the web and social media in 2008 during the Obama campaign. Qualitative data was collected from a few media sources, including twitter, and public information. The Obama campaign utilized these resources/media outlets and created an organization that motivated 3.1 million individual contributors and mobilized a movement of more than 5 million volunteers. Through twitter, the Obama campaign utilized the public and raised money to mobilize the ground game, which enhanced political participation by getting out the vote. Twitter served as a poll and basically an Ad toward the Obama campaign. This is a benefit because it makes political news more accessible for the youth, making them more informed of what is going on in our country and around the world.

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Twitter is a medium that allows people to send out condensed messages through words, pictures, videos, and any other type of compatible media source.  However, medium bias, as stated in the Medium Theory article, occurs within people’s personal viewpoints being projected out to masses.  In instances featuring celebrities or people of public interest, their ideas can be reached by many.  While this is not necessarily a negative aspect of Twitter, it can allow for bias in what is being released.  However, Twitter also enables senses, including visual and auditory, in what it offers.  Through this capability, it has replaced certain aspects of Facebook due to condensed posts and trending topics.  Moreover, Twitter has essentially taken away the need for newspapers, as well.  Because of the accessible website and app, news is quickly at the hands of any user.  Similarly, having notifications turned on will allow Twitter to alert one’s phone with any breaking news.  Twitter is constantly growing and expanding, obtaining more and more users daily.  With this strong of a following, it is incredibly unlikely for Twitter to disappear anytime soon.  If anything, it will continue to expand, eventually becoming the most prominent and dominating form of social media due to the vast array of options for releasing thoughts and ideas all at the tip of one’s fingers.

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The Google Search Engine, Determining Our Decisions?

By: Aaron Petit, Thomas DiMarco, Mike, and Mary Kate Buckman

The first Internet search engine was created in 1990 by Alan Emtage and it was called Archie. The Archie Search Form created an industry and medium that Google would eventually dominate. Archie worked a lot like Google, it made the scattered information on the Internet accessible and user friendly by combining a “script-based data gatherer” with a “regular expression matcher” for retrieving file names matching what the user entered. What makes Google different is how it handles that task now that it has become far more difficult. There were only a few hundred websites before 1993 and now the number has exceeded 1 billion. Google manages them all by prioritizing websites using a complicated algorithm which predicts what the user wants to see. Google is popular because it can give its user an answer, as opposed to an endless list of websites. More often than not the thing your looking for will be on the first page.

This success has made Google a powerhouse of information and knowledge. Need to know what the weather will be tomorrow? Learning the answer is as simple as clicking a button. Most of our society uses Google on a daily basis for information, entertainment, or finding an address. While this goes on, however, the information is recorded and the search engine uses it to see what content is trending at the time. As a society keen on what is new and trending it is only natural for Google to funnel our search history into its algorithm, this is how they meet the demand. This allows the search bar to show what was most looked up and or trending, but does this affect our knowledge of the world and how we should think? Possibly so. Nicholas Carr is a pulitzer prize winner that has written extensively on the effects of the Internet, and he says, “the internet will take our ability for contemplation due to the plasticity of our brains.”

The “plasticity of our brains” refers to the brain’s ability to change over time because new knowledge reorganizes and restructures neural connections. Google is an easy and reliable source of knowledge and is able to be used by anyone. Unfortunately, the only information we are likely to read will be found on the first or second page of Google Search. The algorithm determining if something is trending will bring it closer to the top of the list. As a result, even more people will see it and it will become even more popular. On the Internet information reaches people because it is popular, not necessarily because it is true. Even with all the information that the Internet has about a given subject, everyone will see the same links and therefore receive the same information, making waste of the vast majority of the information on the internet. As important as Google has become, this flaw has serious potential dangers.

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Google is a free search engine, which means that anyone with internet access can utilize it. It gives widespread access to information and makes today’s technological society possible. For example, there are approximately 2.3 million Google searches worldwide per second. It can extend our visual and audio senses with search results of videos, images, articles, and more, which in combination with it’s popularity can give it power and influence over a large group of people. Studies show that Google can rig elections by swaying undecided voters. “Google’s search algorithm, propelled by user activity, has been determining the outcomes of close elections worldwide for years” according to Robert Epstein. Google’s prevailing impact on people today could have a major negative effect.

Google has largely influenced all older forms of media, namely television and newspaper. In fact, it has somewhat replaced paper maps, encyclopedias, movie theaters, and countless other former mainstream forms of media. Before, people went to those mediums to get information or entertainment, but now people can have a similar experience with a lot less effort and money by looking them up on Google. The older forms of media have either evolved to stay relevant or become obsolete because of this.  Newspapers, for example, are now primarily found and read online, with the number of physical paper editions steadily decreasing. Other mediums such as online television and movie streaming, as well as ebooks and magazines, are being used more as a result of the ease and accessibility by which people can access them thanks to Google. There is definitely a form of medium bias in Google’s search algorithm because it could express the company’s viewpoint on certain issues and influence the opinions of others. It’s visual and audio extension give it major power to influence our opinions.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2015/08/how-google-could-rig-the-2016-election-121548_Page2.html#ixzz4Wvo2PTYi
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What you aren’t realizing about Snapchat…

Kat Fletcher, Holly Lloyd, and Elisabeth Lutz

Snapchat is a relatively new social media technology available to anybody who owns a smartphone. The general concept of snapchat is being able to chat your friends with pictures or videos, but to also be able to post videos and photos to your ‘My Story’. The ‘My Story’ feature on snapchat enables all your friends to view your post and be able to see what you are doing in the moment you post. Another important component of Snapchat is the availability of local articles from magazines and live news feeds. All of this is made available by companies in order for them to build a consumer base. Snapchat is being utilized to grab the attention of the younger generation in a way that is seen as entertaining. This form of social media extends verbal, audio, and visual aspects of our senses.

Snapchat has completely revolutionized communication not only simply between people who are snap chat friends, but has extended and helped people see what is going on around the world. Some people will always think that snap chat is only for sending funny pictures back and forth, but when you learn how to use the app, you will begin to understand that’s not the only thing this company has to offer. With Snapchat’s news articles and magazines that you can simply look at while on the app, it has made a much easier and convenient way of keeping up with what is happening everywhere in the US and around the world. For frequent Snapchat users, it has begun to replace watching the news on the television, or on the radio because we can watch live reports and read articles on popular stories right at our fingertips. We believe that Snapchat is only getting started. From politics articles, to tv show reviews, MTV and NFL coverage, Cosmopolitan and national geographic, ESPN, CNN, to Vogue, Snapchat has every bit of news that we need to hear, and potentially could completely revolutionize the way that current events and news are communicated in our society.

This social media platform also affects society as a whole, especially users of the app who are typically under the age of 30. Snapchat contains features that allow users to display their lives at any given moment. This makes nothing private anymore. If you choose to post, everybody knows your business. This can cause a sense of mixed emotions because those who view ‘My Stories’ run the risk of feeling left out. People often compare themselves to others and Snapchat certainly allows young people in this society to compare their lives to the ones they see other people posting about. Snapchat, along with other forms of social media, is slowly destroying our generation’s ability to have meaningful face to face interactions. Social skills such as holding a non-awkward conversation with someone for more than 30 seconds have diminished due to the option to conduct conversations through a screen. Although social media is very innovative and beneficial, we must not neglect valuable social skills that we were taught prior to the invention of social media.

Snapchat was created by three students who attended Stanford University, Evan Spiegel, Bobby Murphy, and Reggie Brown. Their goal was to allow users to send chats that were pictures. Another component of the original idea of Snapchat was the fact that the pictures were erased after being viewed. This set Snapchat apart from any other social media platform around. Surveyors found that users preferred this form of chat over other types of social media chatting available. Snapchat was exciting, refreshing, and interesting. Since the invention of Snapchat back in 2011, they have only grown more and more population, often adding new features and updates to the app. 100 million people use Snapchat everyday. More than half of those who are account owners log in each day. Snapchat’s popularity has only grown in the past five years, and the amount of account owners continues to increase. Overall, Snapchat was and still is an extremely successful social media platform.

Snapchat was fist released as a social media platform in 2011 and since then in the span of almost six years has made a great impact in the modern world in terms of everyday life and in the way companies can market their products to a young adult demographic. In terms of everyday life a recent study done by the University of Michigan shows that snapchat can make you happier. The study concludes that face to face interaction makes you the happiest, but getting snaps of silly everyday events from your friends makes you happier than posts from Facebook. On the other hand, there are many concerns that have been raised by parents about the app. Snaps that are sent over the app only appear for a few short seconds and the concern among many parents is that this style of social media enables sexting among teens. On the business side of the spectrum Snapchat has allowed small businesses with smaller advertising budgets gain access to more consumers by catering to their preferences by providing a personalized and individual feel to what is being advertised. Consumers are able to learn about products that they actually care about in an app that is very private.

Snapchat seems to have a bias towards lasting a long time. Those who work for Snapchat are continuing to bring about changes in the app all the time. The possibilities that Snapchat has continue to expand and the app continues to become more popular. This media extends the visual, auditory, and verbal senses that any human possesses. Snapchat is unlike any previous media that ever existed. It is original and refreshing and there is nothing like it. The future for Snapchat is bright. It will continue to expand and have added features. Social media would not be the same without Snapchat.

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Virtual Reality

Omar Haque, Hari Roth, Sam Aberle

Whether or not virtual reality is the future is a question for another day.  What we do know is that virtual reality is here now.  Humans experience and interpret the world through the five senses and the brain’s perception systems.  Virtual reality, or VR, aims to tap into these sense to create an experience for the user that is as close to reality as possible.  The top brands, including Oculus Rift, Playstation, HTC, and Samsung, have competed for the past few years at making their users feel immersed in a different world.

Although the roots of virtual reality can date back to the 1830’s with stereoscopic photos & photo viewers, our modern idea of VR is a fairly recent one.  The 20th century saw many prototypes and concepts but it wasn’t until 2010 when a reasonably priced VR experience seemed feasible.  An Oculus Rift prototype was created with rotational tracking, a 90 degree field of vision, and eventually a low-persistence display.  As the Oculus began to pick up financial support and media attention, competitor soon jumped onto the budding new facet of the tech industry.  According to statista.com, there were 43 million active VR users worldwide in 2016.  With the recent popularity of Playstation VR and Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus Rift, that number is expected to increase to 172 million active users by 2018.

While often considered simply a new tool for gaming, VR has various applications in society.  Aside from entertainment, it can be used in architecture, sports, and art.  Perhaps most importantly, virtual reality has the potential to revolutionize healthcare and medicine.  For example, it can be used in surgical training, treatment for PTSD, meditation, exposure therapy, and likely many more to come.  The following video shows how VR can be used in medical training:

Perhaps the main reason that virtual reality works and is gaining traction relies in the fact that it elevates almost all of the senses of the user is some sense but it especially extends the sense of sight, and in some new cases touch. It takes things that user may never be able to see in person or have difficult seeing and puts it right in front of them as if they were there. The user can be anywhere they want to be at any time and feel like they are truly there. A person can feel like they are sitting first row at the Super Bowl and hear the crowd roar, walk through New York City, or that they are on a beach in Hawaii and hear the waves crashing. Although it is still early in the lifespan of virtual reality, many things such as these are already very possible and the future is very bright for the industry. The era of virtual reality has just started, as evidenced by the ideas stated in this article by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. One current problem with virtual reality however, is how the media perceives it. Many companies, writers, and sometimes users of virtual reality devices fail to realize that the technology is not widespread enough or have a large enough user base to accomplish their goals. First, the technology is very hard to come across and production wise there are less units in existence than perceived. Next is the price, which is often left out of talks about VR. The device itself can cost anywhere between $400 and $1,000 and this does not account for the phone or computer often also needed to use it. In general, the media which includes news outlets and writers do not seem to think of the price and limited availability of these devices when discussing their current applications and abilities.

VR could be considered a giant step into the future, even with considering todays “next gen.” gaming consoles. But, even with all these new and exciting features with virtual reality, what are some of the impacts that this will have on our society? Well Virtual Reality Society say that there could be some complications with people who have motion sickness. Or however, if certain companies ARE able to commercialize VR there are certain time restraints because the VR environments do take a bit of time to create. Virtual Reality will not only affect the common man, woman, and their transgender child but the business world as well. Forbes have said on their website certain niche markets could form. For example, instead of having your Granddad wither away with dementia in a nursing home; he could be enjoying a lovely virtual day in the south of France, without having to leave the nursing home. Or competitive gamers could introduce VR in their competitions.

The future of VR will bring more realistic and more immersive experiences to the user as it has the opportunity to replace traditional media consumption. Why sit in front of a TV if you can truly feel like you are in a movie or in a sporting event? Once the technology becomes more available to the everyday consumer with a lower price point the almost life-like experiences will allow this technology to gain traction as it supplements, or in some cases replaces, our typical forms of media consumption.

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The reality of VR/AR growth

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Live Streamed Media on Twitter

Megan Fitzgerald, Sydney Comber, and Chris Piterski

Over the past few years, the rise of Twitter has become a media platform for live streaming large public events. The use of Twitter has replaced the ordinary media such as television or even other media platforms. The instantaneous ability to view such important events has become a revolutionary new way to view such important events at the tip of your fingers. Whether you are on the go, or in your house, access through social media has become a whole lot easier. One event live streamed on Twitter, in particular, was the Clinton Vs. Trump debate on Nov 30th.  The live twitter debate also led to the rise of tweets about Hilary and Trump.

This ability to live stream on Twitter has extended such events to the younger generations. The millennials have become more involved in the discussion of political events due to the rise of such public events being showcased on social media. It has opened a new window for teens to discuss amongst themselves, as well as older generations more than ever.

Even though the aspect of live streaming are still in the early stages, advertisers expect this industry to experience rapid growth in the upcoming years. Streaming videos account for over two-thirds of all internet traffic and the share is expected to rise to 82% in the year 2020 (according to Cisco’s June 2016 Visual Networking Index Report).  Twitter incorporated the live stream because they too want to keep up with the rest of the social media platforms and also the total daily digital video consumption of a U.S adult is expected to reach 72 minutes in 2017(this includes all other digital devices).  Because viewers can broadcast videos directly from the app, they made it easier to share live videos, which can also be shared again in the form of a tweet. http://www.forbes.com/sites/greatspeculations/2016/12/19/live-streaming-on-twitter-should-increase-user-engagement/#5a2ad5c64911

If Twitter increases the number of people who share live videos, it would have a large impact on the user engagement levels.  Twitter reported that 3.2 million people watched the second presidential debate broadcasted live on twitter, a 30 percent increase from the first debate.  According to the company, 75% of the audience was under the age of 35.  The live stream debates led to record amounts of chatter on both the Twitter and Facebook media platforms.  http://thehill.com/policy/technology/300416-twitter-live-stream-viewership-rises-for-second-debate

The increase in the use of Twitter over the past few years has transformed the way people communicate in our society. According to recent research, Twitters gives society power to communicate about relevant issues happening around the world, and more importantly impacts how we take action about these issues. We are able to see thoughts and opinions from a wide variety of influential individuals who have had a profound effect on their followers. From people such as Justin Bieber to Donald Trump, the ability to view tweets of such influential people has impacted how opinions of many people. Another impact that Twitter has on society is the ability to spread information about a campaign through hashtags. For example, the #MealForAMeal campaign helped spread awareness and raise money for world hunger. Campaigns such these have the ability to get a flow of information out in a very short amount of time. It allows users to have real time conversations with people that have similar interests, and allows you to voice your own opinion to be heard. Twitters “microblogging” ability has become a new way for society to communicate and spread information and is slowly transforming the world.

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Live streaming events has been in existence for as long as the 90’s, but now with new technology, such as cell phones, it is easier to view and much more popular. There are many applications specifically for the use of live streaming, such as Livestream, which was used to show live corporate and music events, and today is now used by professional journalists. On the other hand, many popular social media sites have incorporated live streaming into their daily use. Today, Twitter uses live streaming to let people around the world view major events. For example, the Presidential debates, and the inauguration were live streamed on Twitter and many other websites, such as CNN. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streaming_media

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Live streaming media on the internet has become a new way for people to view things for free or less than cable companies charge.  Personally, I do not even watch TV anymore, I either watch Netflix or stream things from my laptop to my TV via Apple TV or Chromecast. Recent data from a media research firm, SymphonyAM, shows most millennials are turning more to streaming service Hulu than any other source of non-live or DVR viewing — more even than Netflix and Amazon Prime for network shows. The TV industry has taken huge losses and had been hit pretty bad because of these new mediums.

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Violence, Disunity, and the Buisness of Entertainment

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When looking for something important to write about for my first blog, I ran across an article on The Atlantic titled “The 10 most Significant World Events in 2016.” The article began by describing how the Columbia struck a peace deal with the FARC after decades of intense and brutal fighting.  The next part of the article was titled, “Brazil and South Korea Impeach Their Presidents,”and followed by, “Eastern Aleppo Falls.”  This trend of news stories being about violence and the breaking apart of society continues with events such as the failed coup in Turkey, the flop of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, nuclear weapon testing in North Korea, the Brexit vote for Britain to leave the European Union, and finally, a series of presidents whose careers are largely clouded by aggression and the creation of violence.

During the protests in Ferguson, Baltimore, New York, and many other states over police brutality towards minorities, major news outlets focused on the violence and civic disruption that the protests caused.  Further than that, protests were renamed as riots, and both the police force and minority people were demonized through differing media outlets.

During the course of Donald Trump’s young political career, the aggression and violence perpetrated by his supporters and his offensive comments took the majority of media attention.  The Guardian’s sole focus during 2016, for example, seemed to be to sully his name through the majority of articles they put out.  Regardless of whether or not the article itself was political or had anything to do with Trump, a connection was to be made in a way that lowered his reputation.  Sources like FOX News, however, ignored these very same things, chalking them up to be made up stories or exaggerated by the “mainstream, liberal media,” and instead, mainly only spoke about him in a positive light, especially during the second half of 2016.

Overall, most media focuses and feeds on negativity and violence.  With the number of media sources available, we are able to choose what to read and watch, which is largely based off of what we want to indulge ourselves in.  If an outlet proves to be more enjoyable or agreeable, we are more likely to continue going to the same source for news.  These sources, especially traditional news outlets, are as much businesses as they are news outlets, meaning that they are constantly attempting to get more viewers, so the stories they cover work to get those viewers.  Violence and disunity generally create much more interesting stories, so outlets rely on those for business.

In today’s America, media is always around us, primarily because of the internet.  We are constantly bombarded by information, regardless if we are looking for it or not.  This continuous bombardment of media and their business-like focus on profit means that we are always surrounded by their pumped out pieces of information.  So, what we learn from this is that the world is very violent and unity is a nearly impossible goal to accomplish in so many instances.  People are also very interested in violence and disunity, however, and so a culture around these aspects of life is created.  A culture that is created through the idea of profit and entertainment.

Inauguration Day

Across the country, January 20, 2017 will be a day that will go down in history. Whether it brings fears or hopes, many will remember today as a day that changed America.

While many celebrities immediately and publicly declined offers to perform at the inauguration, others had a difficult decision to make. One Rockette, Mary, fears that refusing to perform would result in losing her job, but she feels that “dancing for Trump would be disrespecting the men and woman who work with us, the people we care about.”

Some people will remember today as the beginning of the end for their families. A local girl posted her fears on Instagram saying that her family is in “complete and udder shock and I can name all of the amazing people from our masjid who aren’t citizens and may be deported”. Many across the country fear that they will lose their friends and family as a result of Trump’s presidency.

For many, today is a day of acceptance. Regardless of who one’s first choice for president would be we need to accept the fact that Donald Trump is our president. Katie Shelley, a high school student from Florida, says that although she supported Hillary she understands that “he will be our president, and the American people did choose him. We just have to respect him because he will be our leader.”

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A New Era

For many Americans inauguration day represents the start of something new and some people find this scary while others look forward to the possibilities.  The ceremony marks the start of a new four year term where president trump will take over the responsibilities as president.  In years past the inauguration used to be a smaller ceremony but now it is a day long event with speeches, parades, and even performances.

The election of President Trump sent shockwaves of fear,anxiety (and in some cases) hope, throughout the nation.  Many people wondered why and how he was elected because he said questionable statements in media platforms that made people question his intentions.  People used social media, especially twitter, to express their thoughts on Obama leaving the white house and Trump taking over.  I feel that twitter was one of the most used platforms for celebrities, Trump, and even everyday people to rant about Trump swearing into office. Women and immigrants have issues with trump because of some of the policies he wants to enact.  These groups used twitter and Facebook to get their messages across to the rest of the world.  They even held large protests the next day.

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Moving forward in 2017

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On January 20, 2017 Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States of America. As the country adjusts to this change and the change to come, we focus on moving forward in unity after a very divided election. It is known that many Americans were not in favor of the election, resulting in large amounts of protest and a lower than average attendance at the inauguration. To some Americans, this day marks a historical event that will never be forgotten. While to others, this day marks the end of the world and life as we know it.

However, as we move forward and accept the change in our country, the overwhelming sense of fear and uncertainty must transition into a sense of hope. The hateful protest must turn into protest for peace. We must reach out to all different groups, genders, and races to unify. In reaction to the inauguration of 2017, efforts are being made around the country at different institutions to encourage peace. For example, there were different efforts and consoling presentations made during Loyola University’s Teach In on inauguration day. Postcards for President Trump and educational conversations against racism were a few of these efforts. The reaction from many Americans on this day is the realization that the hate, racism, and divided nature of the country must be stopped and stood up for in 2017.

Accepting Reality

As of Friday January 20, 2017, the United States of America has a brand new president. Many people gathered in Washington DC to witness history, some as supporters, and others as protestors. America felt a wave of mixed emotions on Friday afternoon as Donald Trump was sworn into the presidency officially, for the next four years. As of now, the fate of our country lies in the hands of Donald Trump. To some, this is seen as a triumph, but it is a tragedy to others. Nonetheless, the members of our country must stand together and not let one man divide us. Regardless of who leads our country, America is and always will be a united nation.

When Trump was elected president back in November, those who supported him were ecstatic. Inauguration day meant the world to these people. Trump supporters across the country felt nothing but pride and happiness on Friday afternoon after being able to witness the man they voted for being sworn into presidency. These people firmly believe that Trump is competent and able to run the country, and now it is his time to prove himself. They are relieved to see Trump leading our country over Clinton. For Trump supporters, Friday was an excellent day.

On the other hand, those who do not support Trump were absolutely devastated on Friday. Minorities, women, and other targeted groups across the country now find themselves living in fear because  of the views Donald Trump has expressed towards certain groups of people. And if people aren’t scared, they’re angry. Some people fear for their lives now and others are utterly disgusted at America for electing a man like Trump. Those who do not support Trump may be feeling confusion as to how this happened. How did America actually end up electing this man? Although some Americans are thoroughly disappointed, there is nothing they can do at this point to change the outcome of the election. Somebody had to win, and just because it wasn’t the person they wanted doesn’t mean they have any power to change it. Regardless of the results, upset Americans are going to have to accept that Trump is now our president.

 

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