Without Wanting To Get Too Political…

Whenever a sentence begins with a headline like the above, it must set up the reader to expect something political. Like “I’m not racist, but….” or “I’m not a designer, but…” you know you are in for either an awful insult or amateur critique of your professional design work.

So without wanting to get too political on this blog which is essentially supposed to be a blog about all things marketing and communication, is there a place for another Donald Trump mention? I am of the mind that yes, this is so, as the new leader of the free world has taken over conversations that used to fuss over the mundane.

The Guardian have done an excellent wrap-up of the light-hearted response to Week One Of Trump thus far that I wanted to share some of with you below:

The web’s funniest responses to Trump’s grim first week

Seven days into Trump’s presidency, and the response from many of us has been anger and alarm. Fortunately, there were also those who could see the funny side – here is a pick of the best

This week has been a lot.

As 2017 slowly turns into your favourite dystopian fiction, we thought you might appreciate a reminder of those able to draw on humour to get us all through. Like this alternative rendition of Trump’s inauguration:

Or this subversion of an otherwise depressing moment.

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‘It is now illegal to ejaculate, unless it’s for reproduction’ from Twitter’s molly-mae @xnicorn

Then there’s this theory:

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‘sean spicer looks like the guy in the group of survivors that hides the fact he was bitten by a zombie’ from Twitter’s Eli Terry

This week has been so polarising, people are even arguing with accounts which tweet pictures of dogs:

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Courtesy of Twitter’s Alan White.

Trump quoting Bane from Batman in his inauguration speech:

Sir Ian McKellen’s sign at the Women’s March, showing Captain Jean Luc Picard in utter dismay:

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‘The Women’s March in London was the longest I have been on.’

There was the Netherlands welcoming Donald Trump in a style that he might recognise:

And we are sure the list will grow on. Keep looking on the bright side, chaps, things will surely/hopefully correct themselves very soon.

Another Blog Post With Donald Trump In The Title

The purpose of this blog post is not to test the lengths to which a blogger, who works in digital marketing or communications in general, will go to in order to get clicks to his page. Or is it? Whilst getting lost surfing the Internet is all too easy, it has also been noted how many websites have been built up regurgitating news and opinion about this guy, often with no other purpose than to repurpose existing news in the hope that you will read it through their website and they can use your eyeballs to be paid for carrying random advertising.

Something I have never explored, as someone who believes in organic search engine optimisation and the power of blogging for the sake of putting your own message down, and coming from someone who very rarely looks at print adverts never mind clicking on such Google Ads, but what about you?

If you saw such a site (and I found this Donald Trump-related site earlier today, brand new but hoping to reel you in by jumping on what will hopefully not be a 4 year long hot trend) would you even touch it? In an era of fake news and alternative facts, we must continue to search for believable sources of information, something the Internet itself has made it both harder and easier to do at the same time.

Harder by commercialising your attention.

Easier by democratising the very method of finding information.

Ladies and gentlemen, Google and Bing and Yahoo, and the add-on discovery options offered by Facebook, Twitter and their ilk, have skewed everything in their favour, we the consumer merely encouraged to consume.

Perhaps we can simply bypass this, tear it up and start again.