I don’t want to wish away the summer – but I’m going to be really, really happy when November gets here.
I hate to wish for the olden days, but honestly, if nothing else makes me nostalgic, politics certainly does.
The political atmosphere is killing me. I’m so sick of reading about it and hearing about it and listening to folks argue about it. It feels toxic no matter which candidate you plan to vote for. And believe me, I don’t care who you vote for.
I bet it was great when Presidential candidates had to roam the country by train and hold speaking engagements in the town circle. You could go listen to the speech if you wanted to or you could skip it and go to the pie baking contest.
You don’t need to be seen on social media – you can be up in the middle of the night looking for a snack and decide to go off on a political tirade on social media. Imagine how happy poor, sweaty Richard M. Nixon would have been if he could have had social media instead of that fateful TV appearance.
Donald Trump has nearly foregone political advertising and instead relies almost entirely on his Twitter feed. Which is fascinating to follow. It’s also a true spin-free zone – for better or worse, you decide – but those are his thoughts that come through, including those pet names like Crooked Hillary, Lyin’ Ted and all the rest.
Heaven knows what a mess Hillary Clinton has made of her emails. Amazing she got away with it for as long as she did, any 10-year old could have told her it was a bad idea. As for social media, well you don’t know if it’s her tweeting or posting to Facebook because she’s got a team of a zillion 20-somethings doing the posting for her.
I recently read an article that spoke about both campaigns efforts to use social media to appeal to a younger demographic. Good grief – if that’s the case they should be using Snapchat and Instagram, my grandmother is on Facebook – well not really my grandma, but I’m on Facebook and the Twitter and I’m in the grandma category (as hard as that is to even think about).
Snapchat is less political. And not one to be left out of cool stuff, I asked my youngest son to download it for me. Unfortunately, it’s one more thing to try to stay on top of and the only time I used it was to mask my face with ears and bunny teeth. A perfect way to wish the family a Happy Easter.
I don’t know how people have enough time in the day to be active on all the possible social media accounts.
Facebook is easy, but it will fool you. One moment you’re looking at somebody’s vacation pictures and then you go from a cute kitty sitting in a sink to a panda enjoying a Popsicle. Then you go away to get a little bit of work done, come back, and it’s all politics, including a rant from someone who swore to unfriend and/or block someone else because of their political views.
It has all become so personal, with words like “idiot” and “stupid” thrown around (and I’m not talking about Donald Trump) because one person doesn’t feel the same way another does.
I would love to limit the campaign season and the amount of dollars any candidate can use. And if that can’t happen, I’d like someone to invent a social media blocker. I’m all about free speech, but social media offers a nearly unlimited platform for speech – I just want to get away from listening. Kind of like the old days and the pie baking contest.
I’m not sure how much longer I can last. Maybe I’ll just go back to MySpace.
Probably a lot quieter.