Is Twitter The Future For The American Government?

Is Twitter The Future For The American Government?

Out with the old press conference and in with the instant updates from POTUS himself?

This Friday American history will be made as Donald Trump is inaugurated as our 45th President of the United States. Whether you love him or hate him, there's a bigger controversy at hand-- is Twitter the future for the American government?

President Trump has the opportunity to make groundbreaking history if he continues to use Twitter as his means of communication with the American people. But, is a 140-word proclamation of the passing of bills or investment market issues a better alternative to a traditional press conference?

Social media is our most prevalent form of communication and President Trump has the opportunity to continue creating a hybrid between politics and the virtual domain. He can easily change the face of politics if he continues to utilize Twitter as a part of his platform to state his position on various issues. However, these infamous Donald Trump tweets are a double-edged sword. His, commonly controversial tweets, causes the American people to react quickly. But, it isn't just the citizens on Twitter creating an opinion about his tweet, the news media reacts as well, causing a dual interpretation and inference to occur and perhaps cause even more conflict over a 140 character message.

As Trump begins his presidency will he turn to Twitter to inform the US about the passing of bills, or will traditional speeches and press conferences hold precedent over one of today's most well-known social media platforms? Or will he find a way to do both? Will we create a government by Twitter?

Many presidents have used technology to communicate directly with American citizens, but no president has used it in the same capacity Trump has. President Obama used social media, including Twitter (@POTUS) but with the means of reaching out to the public directly to instill confidence in the ever changing legislation.

Shortly after Trump was elected he stated, "I'm going to do very restrained, if I use it at all, I'm going to do very restrained," in an interview on 60 Minutes about his Twitter account. Since November 11, Trump has sent out 315 tweets...I'm not so sure how "restrained" that is. Now, however, members of Trump's staff is saying that rather than cutting back on tweeting, Trump will use Twitter to avoid the filter of mainstream media.

Throughout his presidency, Trump plans to continue using Twitter to communicate with the public, but hopefully he won't completely rule out the press conference. While quick communication and direct information from our nation's president is all the American people long for, we would prefer to hear it come from the president's mouth, not his cell phone.

As President Trump inherits the official presidential account at the end of this week, we pray he uses this account to spark a conversation with the American people without it being filtered through the mainstream media, and that he can speak truth to power on America's social media platform.

I'm going to say, "out with the old and in with the new" is not the way we want our information coming from President Trump this upcoming term.

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No, Your Political Views Aren't Always Wrong, They Just Aren't Always Right

"No one is as deaf as the man who will not listen." - Proverb

Violence. It is inevitable. Whether it is verbal or it is physical, it is happening around the world every day and it is a very sensitive subject. Something absolutely devastating happens and all of the sudden politicians are being questioned and those who aren't politicians, but think that they are, are now ranting on Facebook swearing up and down the walls that they are right and everyone else is wrong.

After the shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, I was at a loss for words. For an incident this serious to happen in what felt like my backyard was absolutely terrifying. To live in a world where this happened was absolutely terrifying. As families and friends of victims and survivors grieved on social media and on TV, people took no breath in expressing their feelings about the incident. From angry messages about the LGTBQ community and to the complete opposite side where those mourned for the LGBTQ community, arguments were all over Facebook. Opinions were all over Facebook, as they always are.

With the recent Las Vegas shooting the same thing was seen on social media as some felt strongly about the mental health of Americans and others cared deeply about those who were killed and what was going to happen next. Social media is home to many different political views as well as social views and the biggest issue, in my opinion, is that no one allows the opportunity for someone else to speak their mind.

Most importantly in my life right now, as well as the lives of many who surround me, is the Parkland shooting. This was absolutely horrifying, to say the least. It showed how unfair life was and how screwed up people can be.

Unfortunately, I have found on social media as well as on TV that people have lost sight of what truly matters right now as they are too worried arguing about their political views and making the statement that only their thoughts are correct.

Being a very open-minded person, I have read through hundreds of comments and watched my fair share of videos. I have heard Republicans and Democrats speak on the matter on gun control, gun safety, and guns in school.

Yes, I believe in the Second Amendment. I believe it is a right to carry a gun with the appropriate training and paperwork. Yes, I also believe that it has become way too easy to obtain such a powerful weapon.

Lastly, I believe that it is not the ease of buying guns or the Second Amendment itself that is leading to these terrifying events. It's the people of the United States and the way that they are raised today.

As Governor Matt Bevin said when he was younger, kids brought guns to school on a day to day basis and even more around the holidays to show off their new presents. People simply did not think about killing people. People were not terrified for their lives when they went to school or to a country concert.

Yes, you're allowed to have your own political opinions.

Yes, you can plaster your views and arguments all over Facebook and other social media platforms.

But stop and take a second to think about others views as well. Think about simpler times when your life didn't revolve around a video game or your cell phone or the latest violent movie that just came out.

When things were "simpler," there were not constant shootings at schools and out in public places.

Guns are not the problem. Do not be ignorant.

Realize that you can have your views but they may not always be right.

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Let's Take The Politics Out Of School Shootings

So, please do not use school shootings as a reason to get in a Facebook fight.

The American dream is to send our beloved children off to school where they can flourish and learn. On the other hand, an important aspect of the American dream is the second amendment.

How shall we move forward so these two aspects of the American dream can coexist?

The answer to that question will not be discovered in my lifetime (or maybe ever). There is no way to save an entire country from horrific events like ones we have seen too many times. So, let’s stop focusing on which is the “correct” way to handle the situation and look at the broader perspective.

This week, social media is flooded with a variety of political opinions after the Florida school shooting that I would rather not explore. I am sure everyone is familiar with the different opinions that unveil after a mass shooting.

Unfortunately, we are too familiar with them.

I am a senior in high school who is hardly involved with politics. Putting political beliefs aside, I focus on the victims’ faces and names. I focus on their families. I focus on a school that will never feel the same.

The kids who passed were not thinking about politics during this tragedy. Rather, they were wondering if they would make it out of a place they considered safe, alive.

This issue is much bigger than a political debate. It is about hate in our world, a lack of love and a disconnect between ourselves and others. It’s not about guns. It’s not about mental illness. It’s about much more.

Rather than pointing the finger, we can all equally share the blame.

When social media turns an issue into a political debate, it’s easy to forget that children aren’t thinking about politics when they see their teacher, coach or friend pass away in front of their eyes.

So please, do us all a favor and don’t use children's dead bodies as a reason to get into a heated Facebook fight. That only spreads the hate. It is counterproductive. Rather than plotting against each other, we need to band together.

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