Medium is the message: Meryl Streep trumps Trump.

Media forms and technology alike has “the media” in full force. You can’t click or scroll through anything without at some point seeing or hearing about Trump and his role as President, and his lack of presidential qualities. If the last couple of months are anything to go by, the next three years are going to be filled with such uncertainty and disappointment if something doesn’t change. For now, we can enjoy the memes and GIFs about Trump to get through it all.

Although having the title of President his behaviour is not quite Presidential, his mannerisms and behaviour hardly shout out, “President material”.  He criticises the media because of the way it portrays him in a bad light, however, the man is doing a pretty good job at it himself. Looking at him as a historical figure,  he defies history and tradition by the way in which he exhibits himself, as well as his outburst at the media it is hardly  “presidential” or “dignified.”  Trump, as it is evident, does not care about these things. Example, a president who attacks the media via social media, twitter rant, oh the irony. “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @CNN, @NBCNews and much more) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American people,” – President Donald Trump.

Meryl Streep is not afraid to say what she thinks and feels, with a career that spans over 4 decades she has earned her the respect of her peers and the public. At the recent Golden Globes Award ceremony Streep used her acceptance speech as a platform to talk about Trump’s position of power.“Disrespect invites disrespect, violence incites violence,” Streep said. “When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose.”  As well as discussing Trump’s stance on kicking out immigrants. “Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners, and if you kick us all out, you’ll have nothing to watch except for football and mixed martial arts, which are not arts,” and the role of the pres “We’re going to need them going forward and they’re going to need us to safeguard the truth.” referring to journalism (Goolden Globess 2017).

It’s important for people with a platform like that of Streep to talk to the public when the likes of those in power go against all that is morally right. Some would say it isn’t appropriate for Streep to use her acceptance speech at an award ceremony to discuss politics. But is it appropriate to use twitter to attack the media, when you’re the President of the United States? A country which prides itself on freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Time has long surpassed the days when media largely if not solely consisted of news articles, thanks to technology/The media, we can see Presidents attack the media on Twitter, actresses go up against the President at awards ceremony’s and millions protest and defend their beliefs via Twitter, Facebook and Youtube, when you look at it as a whole such technology, can be a little intimidating, to say the least.




2 thoughts on “Medium is the message: Meryl Streep trumps Trump.

  1. Your blog post has got me thinking about the way that the internet has been thought of as a great leveller. I think a quote from Clay Shirkey in 2003 sums up the thought well: “It’s as if, when you bought a book, they threw in the printing press for free.” But 14 years on I don’t think it’s the case anymore. People with power from older instutions (broadcast TV, Hollywood, hotels) have just moved away from ‘traditional’ media to digital platforms. Sure, I have a Twitter account and a blog, but it’s laughable to consider I have the same communication power as Streep or Trump. Sure, all the same communication tools are at my disposal. Technically, my tweet can reach as many as Trump’s, but it’s not going to.
    It will be interesting to see what happens when people who established their power in a pre-internet era are all gone, what sort of communication power remains. Then again, it’s entirely possible that Instagram and Twitter will be old communication platforms by then and we’ll all be dissecting the newest medium. Anyway, thanks for the thought-provoking blog-post!


    • That quote by Clay Shirkey perfectly sums how it is in society at the moment. The old school approach is definitely out of dated. It is a prime example of “medium is the message”, which I discussed in my previous blog. The way people, Hollywood for example have embodied themselves within new media forms such as TV and Instagram. It changes the audiences involvement and input on things such a the Trump/Streep debate. We have the ability to interact in a new way. 10 years ago for example, we would never have seen and been impacted by what Meryl said about the current President because we would never of seen it. Now as soon as she said something within minutes there was Memes, GIFs and youtube videos. On one hand supporting her, on the other attacking her. And YESSS…10 years from now we are going to be talking about some new form of media and laughing about how outdated our current form of medium/media is so outdated by then.


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