Friday, September 22, 2017

"Twitter and Trump": Bill Weir reports on CNN

Twitter and Trump” with Bill Weir, aired tonight Friday, September 22, 2017, link 

Trump started using Twitter in 2009, when he was emerging from bankruptcy.

CNN has sometimes reversed the spelling, calling it “Trump and Twitter”.

The documentary first talks about the early seasons of “The Apprentice.”

The documentary goes back to 2006 with the invention of Twitter, and its explosion when Michael Jackson died.

Twitter was used to promote Trump’s “Think Like a Champion.”

Weir starts carrying around a thick hardcopy book “The Collected Tweets of Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States”.

Dilbert creator Scott Adams explains that the brevity and metaphor in Trump’s tweets persuade visitors regardless of “truth”.  Obama was much more cautious.

Trump isn’t interested in books or presidential biographies.  His short attention span follows from TV and seems to meet the American public.

Trump’s use of Twitter contradicts his statements that he didn’t trust computers.  Although he uses Twitter to attack the media and journalists, he has not objected to the idea of “user generated content” and the risks it carries since it can oppose the establishment media. 

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