Blog #8: When Social Media and Politics Collide

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Whether you find yourself to be a political person or not, you can’t ignore the fact that the political climate has seeped its way into every social media platform imaginable. From Sean Spicer memes on Facebook to Snoop Dog and Trump’s rampant Twitter quarrel, it seems like Washington D.C. is always on our homepage. #boycottHawaii is simply the newest political social media trend.

As a federal judge in Hawaii placed a nationwide block on President Trump’s travel ban, supporters of the restrictive ban started the hashtag, #boycottHawaii to show their disgust towards a state that was not supporting the President’s wishes. Supporters of #boycottHawaii stressed the fact that Hawaii was too far away from the rest of the nation to have a say in the ban’s restrictions and that Hawaii itself was not apart of the “homeland” and therefore did not have the “right” to make such remarks.

On the flip side of this trending hashtag coin, people stressed the irony of the hashtag itself saying, “when you realize #boycottHawaii is something Hawaiians have been trying to do since the beginning” and “Anyone who wants to #boycottHawaii can slide those plane tickets right over here. Hotel reservations too.” Memes of this went viral too as people laughed at those who wanted to boycott one of the most beautiful states in our country, just because their judge disagreed with the President.

Stay tuned to see what political hashtag, meme, or scandal will be viral on social media this week!

4 Comment

  1. Alexandra Juneau says: Reply

    Totally agree that politics and social media have become completely intertwined. I feel like politicians should be using social media for things like educating, informing, and connecting with Americans, but instead many politicians choose to exercise the maturity of middle schoolers on social media. Great post!

  2. Alexandra Juneau says: Reply

    Great post! Totally agree that politics and social media have become completely intertwined. I wish politicians would use social media to educate, engage, and inform Americans, rather than engage in middle school-like drama with one another.

  3. I found this one to be hilarious just through the response from Hawaiians who could care less if mainlanders come. Some tweets I found particularly interesting were the ones who pointed out that Hawaii was “thousands of miles away” during 9/11… as if they had never had to be concerned about attacks on their soil. These political memes are so entertaining mostly from the arguments they spark so I welcome them!

  4. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I truly appreciate your efforts and I am waiting for your next write ups thanks once again.

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