Creator: Izzie Levinson
Date Created: 01.25.17
Name of the Document: “President Trump needs only 4 days what Obama failed to do in 8 years! MAGA!!!!”
Context: video footage of Donald Trump’s recent “Muslim Ban” as put into effect on January 25, 2017, only 5 days after being sworn into office. The video is particularly appealing because (as evidenced by its title) it has been uploaded by a Trump supporter (denoted by the acronym used to complete the title, “MAGA,” or Make America Great Again).
Potential Relevance for the Future: signifying a shift in who can repurpose media and breaking news, the video clip is largely identical to those circulated by mainstream media outlets but packaged and reuploaded by someone firmly in the pro-Trump camp. This is interesting because it continues to challenge and nuance ideas of what is news in this moment — if it has been reposted in this way, does it still count as “news”? Why or why not?
Other necessary headings: new media, fake news, alt-right, Make America Great Again, YouTube, Muslim Ban, #nobannowall, #MAGA