If there’s one factor that might save social media, it’s candor.
I don’t imply the sort the place we admit issues to one another or take off the gloves and say what we actually suppose. As a substitute, social media might thrive if it turned a spot the place we will discover unfiltered, unedited and sincere opinions with out as a lot gatekeeping.
One instance of it is a put up on Reality Social right now by former President Donald Trump, the place he unleashes a firestorm (in all caps, no much less) about what he insists might be his imminent arrest. The complete context of the put up is a bit onerous to parse as a result of it doesn’t make quite a lot of sense (and was partially debunked), however right here’s the essential thought:
“THE FAR & AWAY LEADING REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE AND FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, WILL BE ARRESTED ON TUESDAY OF NEXT WEEK. PROTEST, TAKE OUR NATION BACK!”
I’m utilizing the phrase candor right here a bit optimistically. Social media has not been a spot of sincere reflection and interplay. It’s one big flame warfare more often than not. And I’d not say this put up by Trump is enlightening or useful.
I do suppose the put up is an instance of how an absence of gatekeeping does present some legitimately beautiful info that comes direct from the supply. The phrase candor is tied intently to the phrase “candid” which implies openness.
After all, the web was lighting up over this information, with Google Tendencies displaying how the straightforward search phrase “trump” was off the charts most of right now. Consider this announcement passed off on a closed community the place Trump has solely about 5 million followers.
Within the Reality Social put up, Trump elaborated a bit extra a couple of claimed leak from the Manhattan district legal professional’s workplace. The put up deserves an in depth breakdown of precisely how it’s going to ignite his base. (By the best way, there are some 10,000 feedback to this point and about 60,000 likes.)
First, Trump is aware of this may make headlines all weekend. He is aware of it’s going to enrapture the information channels and make headlines. He additionally is aware of it’s going to draw consideration to Reality Social. One cause it really works so effectively as a technique to fire up his followers is that the put up introduces some critical alarm. When you’re a Trump supporter, studying that your fearless chief could be “wrongfully” accused of against the law and arrested doesn’t sound good. It’s a motivator and mobilizer like nearly no different in current political information.
It’s additionally Trump’s likelihood to sway public opinion about what he calls an inevitable arrest. He selected phrases that may get folks riled up, saying he “might be” arrested on Tuesday. If it’s as doubtless as he suggests, Trump could be attempting to realize sympathy with those that voted for him.
The candor is outstanding, although. Trump is talking on to his base on Reality Social, however he’s additionally revealing a flip of occasions that might dominate the information cycle for weeks and months to return. If New York officers truly do arrest Trump, it could turn out to be a media circus as soon as once more.
After which there’s the decision to protest. It’s really wonderful to think about that Trump is looking for protests about his arrest in mild of what occurred final time his followers took motion in a daring approach.
I’m not precisely certain how this may all prove, or if anybody will protest. I do know that the unfiltered nature of this all caps put up exhibits the true energy of social media. Not less than we all know what he actually thinks goes to occur.