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Social Media Trumped

by Kevin Keegan

Social media has become a consistent platform that can make or break political campaigns. This trend was most apparent in the both the 2008 election and 2012 re-election of President Barrack Obama. But no candidate or politician has used social media with such frequency or reach as 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump.

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Photo by Gage Skidmore, used under Creative Commons License.

Let’s look at his reach. Trump’s twitter following has increased exponentially. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, in 2011, Trump had just 300,000 followers; at the time of this post he has just over 5.8 Million, according to SocialBakers.com statistics.

People are flocking to the candidate’s feed whether they support him or just want to see what he’ll say next. He’s the Howard Stern of politics in the United States. Like Howard Stern’s rise to shock-jock fame, Trumps message on social media is more often than not, controversial, riding the line between telling people ‘how it is,’ versus coming off as belligerent and offensive.

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So here’s what I am curious about; a topic that is brought up in the Sydney Morning Herald article that I’ve linked to. How calculated are Trump’s tweets. I believe that he is writing them himself, bad grammar and the like, but are his motivations behind the tweets his own or at the behest of his social media strategist, Justin McConney. I personally think it’s a little bit of both. Prior to his announcement that he will run for President in 2016, I imagine most of his tweets were wholly his own. Their impact notable and often newsworthy. But upon seeing this trend of success, his campaign strategy has latched onto the lingering effects of his abrasive tweets in order to dominate the 24 hour news cycle repeatedly. Fact or fiction, righteous or not, his reach in the social-media-sphere is palpable.

 

Stay In School

It’s been years since I’ve posted on my blog. I apologize for that. I actually have many new projects coming, including some logo design and what will hopefully be a very fruitful video project that I’m anxious to get underway. Currently I’m in school finishing up my Bachelor’s in Communications. I’ve been at Kennesaw State University for the last three years working towards a my second degree and I still have a few more years to go as I’m working full time.

One of my latest classes is Concepts in New Media, taught by the delightful and intelligent Professor, Dr. Faroog Kperogi. For this class I will be using this blog to adhere to various assignments for the class. We will be exploring social media, new media, and the ins and outs therein. These posts will be tangent from my usual subject matter, but I hope anyone reading finds them interesting at least.

Canon SL1 ISO Test

I’ve taken some shots comparing the ISO performance of Canon’s newest DSLR, the Rebel SL1 / 100D, and the older, but formidable, 60D. A lot of speculation has been circling around the SL1’s “new” sensor.  This is mainly because they share a pixel count, a pixel count that hasn’t seemed to change much over the past several years. While the SL1 does indeed have 18MP, there are some visible differences in the performance of this sensor. Continue reading →

NAB 2013

Eight years! It’s been eight years since I’ve been to NAB. 2005 was the last and only time I’ve had the privilege of attending the National Association of Broadcasters trade show. That was when I was fresh out of school and was attending both NAB and the BEA awards for my Special Olympics video. That was quite an experience. I’ve been out several times since then and if I remember correctly this will be my sixth trip to Las Vegas.

I’ll be posting pics of the event during the two days that I’m attending. I’m looking forward to seeing all the new gadgets and wiz-bangs. I’m also looking for some specific technology for Millenia 3 as well. Wish me luck!

Update: I’m here… thought I’d post a pic or two since it’s just a few hours until bed time.

Bye Bye, Canon EOS-M

Image courtesy of BHphotovideo.com

I made a trip to San Francisco in the beginning of March for a vacation. Even during the planning stage for the trip I was beginning to dread taking my heavy 60D with me. I did end up taking it, without the grip and with only the 28-135mm kit lens. And while I appreciated the speed and incredibly sharper and more dynamic images than that of my iPhone 5, I hated the weight of it. By the end of the trip I was already researching mirror-less camera options to sub in for my 60D for my next excursion. Continue reading →

Spinning back up…

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Here’s a few shots from our latest Georgia Prosthetics shoot. You can see Ed Overstreet on the 60D and Matthew Owen on the D800 (nice camera, but we definitely had to crank the ISO to match the 60D).

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It was a good shoot. This particular interviewee is building a truck for the owner of Georgia Prosthetics; A 1967 Chevrolet C10 Pickup. We had some excellent responses to our questions that will really help shape the image of Georgia Prosthetics that we want to convey. We’re going to be making another trip back to shoot broll of the truck when it is completed.