The President’s Tweets: 140 characters vs the Truth 

Donald Trump, the President of the United States, loves to tweet. He manages to do what few can with just 140 characters. With a few amount of words, Trump can completely eviscerate a political opponent or spark division of an entire nation.

President Trump’s personal Twitter account has over 41 million followers and he has 36.2 thousand tweets.

Twitter has been the President’s preferred method of addressing the public since he took office.

The President is infamous for using Twitter to throw attacks at political opponents, media outlets and journalists.  He even uses twitter to publicly shame and insult anyone who disagrees with his administration.

Before he was even inaugurated, Trump  called any news anchor and/or station that questioned or made negative statement “Fake News”. President Trump still believes that numerous news stations, including CBS, ABC, NBC and CNN, are purposely sprouting lies about him and are trying to undermine his administration.

 

Though many of Trump’s claims on and off Twitter have been proven false, he continues tweeting regardless. President Trump knows that if he stands by his statements and discrediting the most vocal of his opposition will keep his base followers on his side.

President Trump’s style has always been to be the loudest. From celebrity feuds to his many political ones, Trump seems to believe that the loudest person is always right. In his ( and his constituents’) eyes, he can do no wrong.

Should people in powerful positions, such as President of the U.S, use social media for addressing negative press?

I think there should be a line for how much people in major positions can tweet. Argueing with companies, journalists, ect is not appropriate on such a public forum as Twitter.

He is truly a puppet master when it comes to how he uses Twitter. No other president has used social media the way he does.  He manages to rally and incite his supporters to his causes.  The President inspires a scary amount of support dispite the numerous lies found in his statements and his unpresidential behaviour.

Will President Trump continue to baffle his opposition and continue to flourish in his postion?
I think so, but I think the real anwser to this remains to be seen.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

How A Hashtag Made Me Love My Body

How A Hashtag Made Me Love My Body

We all do it. We all compare ourselves to others.  We don’t always mean to, but it’s there. That voice in the deep recesses of our minds that tell us that we aren’t good enough.

I struggled with body image most of my life.  Growing up as a size 12-16, which is deemed “plus size”, was difficult.  Society is constantly bombarded with images of unattainable, “perfect” bodies. We see them in magazines, tv and movies. And now, with the advances in technology, we see them almost 24/7 through our phones and tablets.

Ever since Instagram was created in 2010, millions of people have posted photos to the social media platform. According to statistics, Instagram has 55 million photos posted daily and 16 billion photos shared. (source: http://wersm.com/the-complete-history-of-instagram/ )

Due to this huge volume of posts, Instagram has made very detailed Terms and Services in order to ensure that the photos being shared do not violate human decency rules. The second term in the Basic Terms on Instagram’s own website clearly state that you may not post “nude” , “partially nude” or “sexually suggestive” videos or photos. It also states that any material that violates these terms will be taken down.

Despite the clarity and finality of the terms outlined on its own site, Instagram doesn’t remove a huge portion of photos that violate these basic conditions.

It wasn’t until 2014 that it became clear exactly which photos were being taken down  and which were not.

Plus size Youtuber, Meghan Tonjes, decided to emulated the numerous people posting butt shots online. She posted the photo of her underwear clad butt to Instagram and it was quickly removed. Instagram had flagged her photo for “pornography” , despite it just being one photo among thousands of others.

Tonjes quickly took to Youtube to post a video about the double standards of Instagram’s terms and conditions. She cited the thousands of models and celebrities that continuously violate the same conditions, yet are not being removed. The only difference being hers showed a curvy, plus size woman instead of the ‘ideal’ thin body. It opened many people’s eyes to the disturbing trend of erasing real body types from online representation.

Along with the video statement, Meghan Tonjes decided to protest using the hashtag “booty Revolution” across multiple social media platforms including Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram and Facebook.

Fans from all across the world flocked to instagram to use the hashtag. The backlash caused Instagram to quickly reinstate Meghan Tonjes’ photo and issue an apology.

It has been 3 years since then, and Tonjes continues to post photo of her body using her hashtag to promote body positivity and encourage others.  There are currently over 13 thousand posts under the hashtag “Booty revolution”.

As a plus size woman, it is truly amazing to see so many images of ‘real’ body types online. I finally felt like my body wasn’t wrong for being different.

This movement did a lot for curvier woman embracing their natural bodies, but there is still a long way to go. What do you think needs to be done to promote body positivity on social media?

facebook  What does a hashtag and body image have in common? Read and share: https://algonquincollegesocialmedia.wordpress.com/2017/09/25/how-a-hashtag-made-me-love-my-body/

twitter  What does a hashtag and body image have in common? Read and share

https://twitter.com/Kit_Canuck

http://time.com/4459153/social-media-body-image/

http://www.cbc.ca/newsblogs/yourcommunity/2014/05/instagram-restores-plus-sized-bloggers-butt-selfie-with-an-apology.html

http://kernelmag.dailydot.com/issue-sections/features-issue-sections/12678/meghan-tonjes-butt-selfie/