The age of Twitter: Donald J. Trump and the politics of debasement

  title={The age of Twitter: Donald J. Trump and the politics of debasement},
  author={Brian L. Ott},
  journal={Critical Studies in Media Communication},
  pages={59 - 68}
  • Brian L. Ott
  • Published 1 January 2017
  • Art
  • Critical Studies in Media Communication
ABSTRACT This essay explores the changing character of public discourse in the Age of Twitter. Adopting the perspective of media ecology, the essay highlights how Twitter privileges discourse that is simple, impulsive, and uncivil. This effect is demonstrated through a case study of Donald J. Trump's Twitter feed. The essay concludes with a brief reflection on the end times: a post-truth, post-news, President Trump, Twitter-world. 
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