Opinion piece: How Twitter is writing itself into the history books.

With a little blue bird and 140 characters, Twitter is fast writing itself into the history books thanks to the help of the United States 45th president Donald Trump.

Mr Trump has taken to social media in a way that no other president has done before. Unfiltered and clearing speaking his mind, the president uses the platform to directly speak with not only his own country; but also the entire world.

With over 45 million followers, the globe now turns to Twitter each day to find out whether the country is at war with North Korea and the links to the latest New York Times and CNN pieces regarding him.

Quite frankly. Twitter has become the new newspaper when it comes to Mr Trump, America as a country and global politics.

And with all this, the social media giant is able to simply rub its hands together and chuckle, knowing that Mr Trump’s presidential legacy and their application have become indefinitely intertwined and their name is not going anywhere fast.

 

Breaking down the United States national anthem protests

America and their National Football league (NFL) have got a lot of attention recently over what has been called “kneeling protests.” So what are they? And why are they gaining so much attention?

So where did it all begin and why? 

The silent protests began last year when one football player sat/kneeled during the national anthem in protest to racial inequality and brutality.

So why is gaining so much attention?

The protest has blown up since President Trump has taken offence to the action, considering it disrespectful to the flag and country. He openly disagrees with it across social media which has caused it grow.

Where is he coming from? The anti-kneeling argument

It is considered appropriate to show respect to and for one’s country when things such as the national anthem are played. It is not an uncommon for someone to stand or hold their hand over their heart (dependant on culture and country).

Americans (as a whole) are viewed as a patriotic group who incredibly respect their soldiers and country. From this perspective, not standing could be seen as disrespectful not only to the country but also to those who serve it and have given their lives for it.

And counter-argument?  

Those on the opposite side of the protest look past the act as a symbol of disrespect and view as a statement on inequality and race relations like it was originally intended.

The act is a form of non-violent protest used to generate conversation and convey messages of which they are free to do so legally.

What does the public think?

While there is significant and on-going debate over the issue, research by Remington Research Centre found that the majority of Americans surveyed also believed that players should stand when the national anthem is played.

Are players required (legally) to stand?

Digging has found that standing was initially suggested in 1891, but only traditionally followed by NFL from 2009.  Players are said to be “encouraged” to stand but are not technically required to.