Black on 2017 social media trends

David Black

Social media was integral to some of 2017’s most defining moments says David Black, associate professor in the School of Communication and Culture.

Black spoke with CBC On the Coast’s Jason D’Souza about U.S. President Donald Trump’s political reach through Twitter as well as how online campaigns bring people together for social justice.

Here is an excerpt:

“Social media are not merely means by which a brief campaign can be launched … President Trump’s use of the Twitter platform [shows] the ability to convert the wave and the charisma of a campaign, whatever its merits, into a tool of governance in a way we have not yet seen before I think in the Western world.”

Listen to the whole interview.