While You Were Offline: Kanye West Would’ve Voted for Trump

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For those hoping that life on the Internet would calm down after the US presidential election, some unfortunate news: Like “fetch,” that’s probably not going to happen. Instead, this last week has been one where everyone has been talking about fake , and journalists have been learning that maybe we’re in . But it’s still worth looking at the real world and seeing what’s going on every now and then. Here are some of the things you might have missed while trying to sift through all the made-up news this week.


What Happened : As Donald Trump continues his transition to his new undertaking as POTUS, attention turned to his use of Twitter, and whether or not he can use it more presidentially.
Where It Blew Up : Twitter, media reports
What Really Happened : Donald Trump’s love of Twitter became famous( infamous ?) during the course of its 2016 campaign; he’d send out messages in his very particular syntax at all times of the day–including, famously, –to pass comment on whatever was on his mind: how his opponents were failing, how wonderful he was, and whatever else happened to pop up on his timeline. After winning the election, many wondered if he would, as the saying goes, pivot towards behavior more befitting the leader of the free world. Last weekend, in one of his first post-election interviews, he promised to do just that very thing, and then, well, got to get Twitter πŸ˜› TAGEND

As before, he was being somewhat economical with the truth; the letter he was referring to, from publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. and executive editor Dean Baquet, pledged” to rededicate ourselves to the fundamental mission of Times journalism” after covering the election” with agility and creativity ,” and thanked subscribers for their allegiance. Oh, and that thing about losing thousands of subscribers?

Trump’s use of Twitter became a much week, as well as . But while this was happening, his Twitter following was only getting bigger–

–something that should be paid attention to, in case, as some believe, Twitter is actually where Trump gets his information.

Meanwhile, the Republican Party sees no problem with what’s going on at all.

The Takeaway : So, how will this all end? One news pundit had a suggestion that induces sense, and would tie up two current loose ends.


What Happened : Meanwhile, as Trump’s Twitter use continues, the same can’t be said for some of his most fervent supporters.
Where It Blew Up : Twitter, media reports
What Really Happened : Twitter announced tools to help combat dislike speech on the service early this week( CEO Jack Dorsey also for the service promoting white supremacist tweets, which is a sentence it feels surreal to even type ), and then made a surprising move to back up their goals: It suspended a number of accounts of alt-right users. Of course, this didn’t go unnoticed by media at , but the biggest reaction was amongst alt-right advocates still on Twitter πŸ˜› TAGEND

Two of the most high profile people suspended released a statement condemning the move πŸ˜› TAGEND

Meanwhile, as if Twitter’s crackdown on free speech might hurt the platform, the alt-right was springing back into action–not just generating fake black, but by signing up for , an invite-only Twitter alternative still in beta.
The Takeaway : On the one hand, yes, threats to free speech are things that really shouldn’t be taken lightly. On the other hand, Twitter has had a harassment problem for a while, so seeing the company attain moves to curb abuse is likely a welcome sight for many users.

Kanye West Would’ve Voted for Donald Trump–If He’d Voted

What Happened : For anyone who thought that the one voice missing from the 2016 election was Kanye West’s, good news. He’s a little late, but he’s stopped shying away from the subject.
Where It Blew Up : Twitter, media reports
What Really Happened : Hey, we’ve not talks to Kanye West for awhile. Maybe there’s some way we could change that?

Oh. OK, that’ll work.

Guess what? Now people are about Kanye . Although perhaps it’s not the kind of talk he’d want

The Takeaway : Hey, any publicity is good advertising, right? Right ?


What Happened : How best to pay tribute to a beloved children volume? By turning it into a tweet cyclone, of course.
Where It Blew Up : Twitter
What Really Happened : It was the 45 th anniversary of the release of the classic children’s volume There’s A Monster at the End of This Book the coming week, and to celebrate, Grover from Sesame Street recreated the experience on Twitter πŸ˜› TAGEND

The Takeaway : Meanwhile, because we really can’t have nice things πŸ˜› TAGEND

Oh, Internet .

On Second Thought, Don’t Tell Me

What Happened : People find a new intent for their selfies on Twitter: Using them as an invitation to be insulted in astounding new ways.
Where It Blew Up : Twitter, media reports
What Really Happened : In the start, it had a serious purpose. People–mostly people of color–would post photos of themselves to Twitter with the sentence” What does it look like I do for a living ?” in an attempt to refute stereotypes or bigotry along the” Don’t judge a person by their seems” lines. It was a fine exercise in pushing back against lazy thinking … and then other Twitter users started answering the question being asked in ways that no one expected.

Turning Twitter into an accidental roasted was was needed to cross . Meanwhile, on Twitter, people’s selfies stopped being so well, self-y .

The Takeaway : For those seduced to play along, it’s always best be interested to hear your inner self.

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