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  • julia_sonderholm 9:09 am on March 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Trump,   

    Trump is not Hitler. Trump is Trump. 

    “Our biggest weakness is a determination to learn the wrong lessons.” – F. Keane

    America has ‘never been a shining light of liberal universalism’ as Journalist F. Keanue so delicately puts it. Struggling with racism, police brutality, sexism, homophobia, conservatism, the United States and its American dream, has always been a exceptionally good advertisement for its own conceived image of freedom, making us look the other way or forget the dark sided scrutiny and hypocrisy in their avid commercialism promoting the white fence dream.

    Protestors and their demonstrations hope for a populist change. A change that will topple the constitution and its inhabitants of blue suited white men. They want new and they want better. They want to grasp the real American dream of equity and prosperity. But, this kind of change, I would argue, has to come with management and regulations; a populism change is idealism, the people toppling their government is unlikely. People get bored easily, people are drunk on momentary gain, on momentary pleasure, we want change now and we fight for now, and then we stop.

    Hopefully I am wrong. Hopefully we are willing to continue fighting even after it isn’t a trend, or popular. That’s our problem. Social media.

    Hopefully I and we will keep fighting, shouting, even if no one is even listening any more. Even as twitter storms have died done, and Facebook memes disappeared and replaced. But even I hide hypocrisy somewhere on my tongue.

    We do need change, but our stomping of feet and cleverly quoted signs will not work against people equally as stubborn.

    It won’t work against Trump and his council because they eat their own lies for breakfast. They do not want their ideas and minds and speeches to be changed, in their own disillusioned reality they are the lords and masters who can make a change for the “better” – just like the hundreds have done and thought and dreamt before them. Here the people can do little but create commotion and chaos – but perhaps that is what is needed, even if it doesn’t lead to immediate change. Words aren’t just that. Words evoke anger and tears and smiles, words create ideology – speaking does make a change. Although people argue they don’t – only change makes change, only acting makes change. But words and voices are acting: they are speaking out, for some that is all and as much as they can do. They wait for those in more favourable positions to pave the way for them, so one day their words become actions. In my intercultural communication class, I argued, sometimes before action comes ideology and ideology is thought embodied in language – we discuss it, we argue it, we theorise it, we act it.

    “A democracy thrives on people who are well informed.” Jon Sopel.

    Words are powerful enough. Look at Trump, it was his promises, his words, that made people rally and shout and recreate. He creates “facts”, false facts and false news. The people following him are experiencing a sense of dillussionment around Trump, the man, and Trump, the election, the smallest holes are wins for them. The consumption of fake news toppled the democracy, social media, click bates, look att he statistics, Trump won on Facebook click bate, or Hilton lost on false news. We need good journalism, honest journalism. “Donald Trump needs an enemy” Period. Jon Sopel, you may be right. And who better than the media, seeding distrust to the ones covering the truth, biased or lies.

  • julia_sonderholm 1:58 pm on February 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , president, Trump,   

    Trump: the 12 year old bully in the school yard 

    Trump tweets like an offended hormonal 12 year old kid


  • julia_sonderholm 1:55 pm on February 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , CNN, democracy, journalism, Trump,   

    Trump, you're scaring me. 

    On top of his racist and sexist agenda and executive orders and horrible presidency, Trump has now taken another obvious step towards dismantling what little democracy (yes, I know, freedom and democracy are pretty much illusions) is left in the so-called “free world”.

    For an advocate of terms like “true news” and “free press”, Trump sure seems like the biggest opposer and well, not to anyones surprise, but a massive hypocrite.

    As long as the news is in his favour it get’s the green light, otherwise it is now categorised as “fake news”.


    Worst of all, he labeled them “Enemy of the People.”

    His decision to ban the so-called ‘Enemy of the People’ /a.k.a CNN, NYT, Guardian, BBC and others/ from a media briefing, came as a shock to me, and left me with a sour taste in my throat (which is hard to imagine considering all the bile that left me choking for weeks after his non-muslim muslim travel ban.)

    This is truly scary (the muslim ban was inhumane, but not entirely unexpected from the Trump office, considering he ran his election on the promise of The Wall and deportation of “Mexicans” and “Muslims”) because now Trump is slowly disposing of those who report on him in a less than favourable light. These news outlets (CNN etc) are the ones who have taken Trump’s self-proclaimed crown from him and nudged him off his golden pedestal.

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