Nowhere is the nation’s deep divide more evident than on social media platforms
This week, Joe Biden will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States, and while he is committed to unifying the country, it seems highly unlikely. The national divide is just too big, and tens of millions of Americans on either side are embedded – unwilling to see anything from the other side’s point of view.
Nowhere is the nation’s deep divide more evident than on the social media platforms, where comments are increasingly being reposted and shared.
Days before Biden took office, fear-mongering on both sides increased despite President Donald Trump being silenced on Twitter and Facebook.
On Monday, Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) (R-Florida) went to the social media platform Twitter and suggested: “The extreme left wants to control the four corners of the debate so that it can limit dissent and execute its socialist left . Wing agenda. “
Such a comment from an elected official does little to calm tensions and could ignite the flames.
However, it is the many left voices that have been stimulated to victory, and with the rise in anti-Trump rhetoric, it seems impossible that any cure could happen anytime soon.
On Monday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) appeared to be trying to get into the political debate again, calling President Donald Trump out on social media to promote her “You and Me Both” podcast. “. @ SpeakerPelosi and I agree: Congress needs to set up an investigative body like the 9/11 Commission to determine Trump’s links with Putin so that we can fix the damage to our national security and prevent a puppet from ever going back Presidency occupied. “
The question must be asked: can this become something good? Clinton’s supporters already know how she’s feeling, and her critics will only see this as a joy to make up for her stabbing loss just over four years ago.
It is also a desperate way for Secretary Clinton to get some of the limelight from President Biden during a week that should rightly be about him.
Writer and activist Don Winslow (@donwinslow) continued to fuel the flames when he posted a video from his Don Winslow films with the hashtag #TrumpsNewArmy “NEW VIDEO #TrumpsNewArmy VOLUME UP”. On January 20, Donald Trump will cease to be in command of the US Army and he will lose control of the US forces and take control of a NEW ARMY. “
Such a comment is an example of the fear that’s worst, yet there were over 20,000 tweets on Monday night and some of the responses were worrying to say the least.
One user, @ifindkarma, tweeted: “‘We have to fight back against # TrumpsNewArmy … I suggest we form a civil army. Our weapons will be computers and cell phones. We monitor extremists on the internet and report results to authorities … IT DEPENDS ON YOU.’ It’s up to ALL US to put this together. “
Such a comment certainly sounds like this is a “us” versus “them” mentality – and while you could see that it is only aimed at the extremists who stormed the Capitol, it does not accept that 75 million Americans are voted for Trump. Such calls to build an army against those who do not accept Biden will only drive the nation further apart.
At least some people on social media have seen the damage social media is currently doing.
Mike Moss (@_MikeMoss), former NSA executive, wrote Monday: “Two bitter and selfish politicians who spent a lifetime delivering the message of” unity “and” healing “to their party’s newly elected president just 48 hours before his inauguration undermine.”
It is very difficult to accept that we can have healing if we do not go beyond the election results. While it now looks like there will indeed be a peaceful change of power even in these difficult times, the arguing and fighting is likely only to get louder.
At this point, it would be more accurate to label platforms like Twitter as “anti-social networks” or “anti-social media” as it is becoming increasingly difficult to find something remotely positive.