Now that Twitter has allowed us to live in a world where everyone seems to have an opinion and a constant need of someone to yell it at, at what better time could 2016’s race for President have come? Twitter has been blowing up these past few months with information, observations, skeptics, jokes, etc. about who the next leader of the free world will be, and as a personal user of the ever-popular social media platform, I’m loving it.
Now that Jon Stewart has left the Daily Show (no shade, Trevor Noah… big fan! [please give me an internship]) and I’m not nearly as dedicated to watching it every night (it could also be because I’ve also found a new, life-consuming love for Empire, which is the opposite of the Daily Show) as I was before while he was there, I was worried—how was I going to get all my information now? I wasn’t watching regular television-based news, because I think I can speak on behalf of almost every 18-year-old when I say: boring. Then I remembered something… I have Twitter!
Twitter is great for news for a lot of reasons. First, it’s literally always there. Either in your pocket or in your hand, there’s now a constant, 24-hour news cycle right there on your timeline and on your person almost 24/7. Remember 24-hour news stations? Say goodbye to that world of agony, (usually) unnecessary and sleepy newscasters and hello to the new land of Twitter, a.k.a. convenience beyond belief! Going home for the weekend and can’t talk to your parents for more than 10 minutes without cringing? Read Huffington Post’s take on the Obama namedropping at the first Democratic debate! Run out of episodes of Empire to watch on the train? Look at this article Buzzfeed posted about Republican candidate Mike Huckabee’s views on racism when he was 19-years-old! To the point, news is always around you and it’s convenient. It’s 2015, people—there’s no reason to not know what’s going on!
Secondly, news is actually interesting on Twitter! For one thing, there’s news outlets like Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Mother Jones, and Slate that post links to articles that are fun and easy to read. Speaking as someone who doesn’t read (college has been fun so far…), this has changed the game completely. Quick, easy access to a lot of information about my potential future Presidents without feeling like you have to take a nap every time I want to stay woke? You don’t have to tell me twice! The other thing is that you don’t even have to go to articles! If you’re suuuuuuper lazy, I’m amazed that you’ve read 417 words so far because on Twitter you only need to read 140 characters! All you have to do is follow your favorite reporter(s), and boom—you have your news! (*Drake voice* What a Time To Be Alive!) Here are two of my favorite reporters live-tweeting the first Democratic debate:
Thirdly, I don’t know if you know this… but comedians are really funny. This might be a silly reason to go to Twitter for “news” per se, but if you literally couldn’t care less about anything that was happening in politics and you don’t know who in the Hell is running for president but every time you take the time to find out you fall asleep, you can at least learn what’s going on by reading what people who were born to entertain have to say about it. To be honest, I follow about 100x more comedians than I do reporters. Those numbers probably aren’t exaggerated either. Here are some of my favorite comedians who also weighed in on the recent Democratic debate:
And last but not least… if your Presidential candidates are doing it, why aren’t you?! Hate news altogether? You don’t care what anybody has to say about anything? I don’t blame you! People can be exhausting! BUT THAT’S NO EXCUSE. We’re the youth, we have to be informed!!! My personal recommendation is to follow the candidates themselves! Cut out the middle man, look at what they (or what their teams, rather…) have to say! Right to the source! Here are a few different ways our 2016 hopefuls are using Twitter:
So there you have it! The race for Tweetysixteen is upon us. Remember to stay informed, because over time it’s become equally as important as it’s become easy! 2016 is in the hands of you, reader. If you can make it through 742 words of me babbling on about Twitter, you can easily get through a 140 character tweet! Just make sure you know who to follow and who to trust… because for some people on Twitter… well…