4/23: Hello Again, And A Sunday Night Challenge

I'm coming at you tonight with an announcement and a challenge. First, the news: I have finally finished presenting at the Society for Cinema & Media Studies Undergraduate conference! While I have been using that as an excuse to be lazy for a while, I am glad to be done with the paper I did not plan on writing a full year out of formal studies. The people that I met there were all incredibly dedicated to their crafts, and I have no doubt that they will succeed if they choose to pursue further studies. I may return to my original posting schedule (Tuesdays and Sundays) this week, but we shall see.

As is pretty typical of me, I am putting the whole script of my presentation (along with the Powerpoint) up on this page. I am doing this not to show off (because, honestly, it's pretty rough), but to put the resources out there so that the community can study this more. My challenge: this subject warrants deeper investigation. I want you to at least think about it, and you have my explicit permission to use any of my materials however you wish.

SCRIPT

PPT

    In case you aren't inclined to wade through my notes, here's a TL;DR:

    • Donald Trump has two Twitter accounts that act incredibly differently
    • @realDonaldTrump acts as a loudspeaker, and having simple textual tweets gives it a weird validity as a "real", "live" identity
    • @POTUS is a way for the official office to pass memos along, but the account's use of external links diminishes its power
    • This is not normal