The President of Digital Content, and Hope for Hillary

President Obama, in fact, will be leaving office with far more digital content to archive than any previous president.  Not very surprising, you might say, considering the years of his presidency and the rise of social media during his term.   He will have attracted 11.1 million Twitter followers, not to mention the numbers who follow him on Facebook and Instagram.  Obama’s tweets will move over to a new handle, @POTUS44, maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration.  Maybe the Archives and Records Administration could be a helpful agency to Hillary Clinton in maintaining a repository of all her digital communications (on both government and personal servers) during her term as Secretary of State.   Or at least I think that is all that the FBI is really interested in?

Just archive them and then make them all available whenever she finishes any future government assignment she may have, like President of the United States?  Okay, if she doesn’t win, I guess it’s all fair game, but how much time does Congress or any other “aggrieved party” want to spend on all this mess.  Anthony Weiner’s sextexting emails included.  Really?  Unfortunately, we don’t have any Donald Trump sexual harassment activities on videotape, but we certainly have enough testimony from women who have been harassed by him.  Let’s face it.  If you have been a star on reality TV, you must be now qualified to be President.

Please!  Let’s stop the madness before it is too late.  Think about your own and your children’s future.  Obama has brought us back from a financial disaster that he inherited in 2008.  I think he truly made America a better country in more ways than economically.  Don’t turn back the clock on this progress.  It’s not really all about Twitter and social media, but Obama used it to unite us, not divide us.

Ray Myers

The King of Twitter Insults – America’s Next President?

Whoever thought that Twitter would become a powerful political tool in the social media battle for the hearts and minds of the American public.  Build up those followers and start firing away.  You can do it any time of the night or day, and never have to worry about whether it is accurate, libelous or slanderous (maybe there are some legal limits?). But maybe you don’t even care or worry about such “subtleties” if you are the Donald.  Just take a look at this past Monday’s New York Times if you would like to get a flavor of his favorite targets and topics over the past seventeen months.  Please don’t expect to be enlightened about current events and world affairs.  These little tidbits take direct aim at his political enemies or anyone else who may be getting in his line of fire.

No one seems to be firing back in this Twitter battle.  The Donald has taken the high ground (some may call it “low”) in freely attacking whomever he chooses.  So after he dispensed with all his Republican rivals from June 2015 through April 2016, he has now taken almost exclusive aim at Hillary Clinton as his primary target.  But even in doing this, he has apparently not chosen to hone his assaults in a more factual way.  Why even try?  I guess he figures that he has fooled most of the people most of the time, so now he can fool all the people all the time.  In the coming weeks we will all have to figure out who is fooling whom.  Don’t believe everything you read on Twitter!  It is not designed or never was intended for political discourse.

Take a look at Monday’s New York Times.  On two full pages of the “A” section are just some of his tweets over the past seventeen months.  Retweets are not included, nor are any other insults made outside Twitter, such as on television, in speechs or in public interviews.  I just wonder (dread) to think what a Trump State of the Union Address would be like.  Scary, huh, and it’s not even Halloween.

Ray Myers

Harasser-at-Large – Trump as Just One of the Boys

“The Donald” has taken locker room banter to a new (lower) level in the political arena.  Thanks to social media and his penchant for “tweeting” and saying whatever he wants to anybody at any time, he has become the country’s Harasser-at-Larger.  He is the undisputed champion of cyber bullying, but unfortunately many just see all this as a digital manifestation of the old adage, “boys will be boys.”  It is simply “locker room talk” as defined by Mr. Trump, not meant to be heard by the “weaker sex.”  But all this makes me wonder about which is truly the weaker sex?

Interestingly, recent research has shown that boys seem to be particularly sensitive – even more than girls – to social influenceces and role models who can help them overcome disruptive behaviors.  Conversely, by excusing bad behavior as a boy thing, boys get the message that they can not improve themselves.  But there are still opportunities for boys to improve behavior if the right cultural support is provided.  Gender studies’ authorities now say they have evidence that if you shift the discourse around boys and give them the cultural support they need to solve problems with strategies other than aggression and to express their feelings without being mocked, they respond like any human being.  So there is still hope that all of us MEN still have a chance to become human beings.

I am still not sure if all of this could help Mr. Trump in preparation for his debate tonight with Hillary Clinton.  But then again, who needs help if you are already “the Donald.”

Ray Myers