The author of this piece thought a humorous spin-off of the election would be appropriate for the comment they wanted to make. They hoped their The author of this piece thought a humorous spin-off of the election would be appropriate for the comment they wanted to make. They hoped their commentary made two things clear. 1) They believe that naïve and hateful responses achieve little. Trends like #notmypresident only breed negativity. They go against the principles of our founding fathers, the men who worked tirelessly to ensure that we can vote. While one can respectfully oppose Donald Trump, one must be able to face reality and accept the recent turn of events. Trump was elected by the people and we must, as a united country, move on and strive to move forward. To disagree is to disagree with the democratic ideology that is America’s foundation.
Their second point is that too often, these social media posts or tags go viral in echo chambers. For example, the author used the University of Michigan in his piece since it is a liberal university whose student body heavily favored Hillary Clinton. Because students seem mostly to agree with each other, opinions feel validated to the point where they can become extreme. This phenomenon explains why so many people at the University were dismayed when Trump won. The majority of the University did not consider that he could win because so many of the people who surrounded them thought the same way. Like Bill Bishop, author of The Big Sort, the author sees these kinds of homogenous communities as a danger to America.