Post Election Thoughts

I was prepared for a Trump win. After discussing his campaign’s strategies targeted at democrats and minorities and seeing his supporter’s responses to his campaigning – I was convinced. In my opinion, the man/the campaign played on the society’s complacency; the power of the media has in convincing without due process; ignorance; vulnerability and fear. While many were swayed from voting democratic, some voted independent but the tragedy for the democrats came from Americans who failed to vote- making Trump’s voter suppression strategy successful. She won the popular vote. Had everyone voted, she might have won the election.

One week later, we have a newly elected President, yet many are not happy with this. Here in NY and at ITP, people are upset. Protesters are marching shouting “Hands too small, can’t build wall!” and other clever chants. I’ve seen a petition circling social media for the abolition of the Electoral College demanding that the popular vote be the deciding factor in electing a president. Many have also signed petitions asking the College to honor the popular vote and banish Trump. Many are betting their hopes on the Electoral College reversing the nomination and giving the presidency to Hillary. Unexpected was the SNL monologue by Dave Chappelle. Unexpected was the skit where he showed and example if how white liberal Americans felt disenfranchised after Trump’s win.

One sentiment echoed by non-Trump supporters is that they are petrified of the future. They associate a Trump presidency with more public activity of the Ku Klux Klan and a resurgence of the Nazi Party. They expect a holocaust and are filled with fear. Reports from throughout the country – indicating a surge in racial profiling, hate crimes and violence – do very little to dispel that fear. The liberal population is in fear. Fear breeds conflict – so by playing into this concept of fearing the unknown, people are starting to unconsciously perpetuate Trump’s agenda of dividing us.

 

Tricked Down Nasty Woman, Campaign Speech Generator

This election is tragically comical.
The stakes are high, yet candidates fail to address the issues at the debates.
Bickering and name calling prevail
Keeping with that trend, let’s write some speeches! Who needs facts!

How it was made

The program reads various comments made by candidates Clinton and Trump and generates new speeches based on how the text is weighted. The source text contains things each candidate has said while campaigning and during the 3rd debate.

The app uses Markov Chains to generate the speech. Two datasets were created. One with Hillary’s popular campaign comments and the other with DT’s.

How it works

Want a Hillaryish speech – slide toward nasty
Want a Trumpish speech – slide toward tricked down
More neutral – keep it neutral

Try it yourself!

Trickled Down Nasty Woman

View it below

Trash Talk

Tasked with creating public art that caused a double-take, my group decided to create this 2016 election themed piece. Jordan, Michelle and I sourced clips of presidential candidate DT saying heinous things.

We filled a garbage bag with paper and a bluetooth speaker, then placed it around campus and documented reactions of passerbys.

Our public art piece was featured in a Creatives for Humanity project that showcased the work of artists who have something authentic and powerful to say (or draw, or animate, or compose, or perform) about what’s at stake in this election.

What is the Question?

This supercut was compiled with footage from the 2nd Presidential election debate. It highlights the trend of one Presidential candidate’s inability to answer the question asked by specifically declaring their policy for addressing the issues that concern the people. Here, DT equates “inner cities” with the African American and Latino population and of course fights to show that his opponent is worse (or that he is better). Either way, the debate led to issues not being addressed and respective policies not being articulated.

There was uproar over DT’s references to ‘inner cities’ in his response to the question presented to the candidates by undecided voter, James Carter. Mr. Carter asked, “Do you believe you can be a devoted President to all the people in the United States?” DT answered by insulting the other candidate, and referencing inner cities, where apparently all African American and Latinos live. 

After noticing that “inner cities” was mentioned 11 times in this response, I decided to investigate the media’s post-debate coverage of it. Instead, I found that the issue was addressed more on social media. I found no instances of the news agencies discussing the ridiculous generalization nor paying attention to the fact that the issues and policies were barely addressed. We can count on social media to provide a little humor but when hard issues like this arise, laughter is not appropriate. We should be asking, why are Latinos and Blacks associated with inner cities? What caused this? Was it the 13th amendment and its mission to control these populations? Now, capitalism and gentrification are misplacing these ‘poor souls’ from their inner city homes.

It’s not a laughing matter. So I ask, What is the Question hoping to get some answers. screen-shot-2016-10-16-at-10-45-21-pm