Five or six years ago I was out surfing with a friend of mine who works as a coder. It was a lovely clear day and we had a good chat as we floated on our surfboards behind the break.
The essence of most of our conversation was plagiarized from Chomsky. We rabbited on about the tail wagging the dog and the obscene amounts of money spent by political parties to create the illusions necessary to win an election.
My friend splashed some water at me, smiled mischievously, and said,
“Why don’t we make an Election App? Anyone who wants to vote in an election can download it. Candidates can stream their statements of policy direct to the voters. And casting your vote would be as simple as clicking a button.”
Although I do not live in America, I have watched their recent federal election very closely. As an expat living in South East Asia, I am justifiably concerned about the growing tensions between the US and China over the Spratly Islands and Taiwan.
From where I was sitting (in my house in the jungle streaming world news via the internet), it seemed rather clear that the mainstream media had declared war on Donald Trump and were doing everything in their power to demonize him. I actually think that the relentlessness of their attack on Mr Trump was what won him the election. Although the average American does not have a degree in political science, he or she is well aware of what high pressure sales tactics look like.
Who among us really knows Donald? I certainly don’t. I have never met his family, worked with him, had a quiet chat with him over a cup of coffee, or played a round of golf with him. The only thing that I do know is that he has been elected president because of the various mechanisms that comprise America’s current system of democracy.
Because Mr Trump won the election, I am prepared to cut him a little slack, after all, he now has a planet to run, and that is a difficult job at best. Post election however, I see little evidence of the mainstream media giving him a chance to hunker down and show us what he can, or can not, do. What I am seeing, is the mainstream media digging in and committing even more resources to their war.
It would seem reasonable to argue that the mainstream media view America’s new president as their mortal enemy not because of his political agenda, but because he is a harbinger of change. Whenever possible, Mr Trump unashamedly bypasses the mainstream media altogether in favor of using Twitter, his Election App™ of choice. His actions adumbrate a future picture of the American democratic landscape. And at the center of that picture is social media, not the MSM.