More Trumpian Twitter Trolling

A couple of months ago I said this about Trump’s tweeting:

What really gets me is the disparity of effort. Master trolls don’t hang around writing screeds online, their role is to throw petrol on a fire and walk away, leaving everyone else to waste days or weeks fighting each other. In Trump’s case, he can tie up tens of thousands of his enemies’ manhours and get them to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars simply by retweeting a video, an action which takes less than a second.

Last night he tweeted that he was some sort of genius, and naturally the BBC ran it as front-page news. What amused me most was this paragraph:

Perceived slights, insults and questions about his intelligence. If Donald Trump’s recent Twitter feed is any indication, these are the topics on the president’s mind as he settles in for the night and when he rises in the morning.

Given the daunting tasks facing the administration and Congress in the coming weeks, some of his allies and aides at Camp David may view the president’s concerns as misdirected.

Trump spends a few seconds boasting about himself on Twitter. The media then spends thousands of manhours reporting on it, ignoring anything of importance that might be going on in the world. In the course of doing so they suggest Trump’s efforts should perhaps be focused elsewhere.

He really is trolling them, isn’t he?

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19 thoughts on “More Trumpian Twitter Trolling

  1. Oh, man, what is so hilarious about all of this is that he’s so blatant about it – but the media and the OMYGAWDS TRUMP crowd are so up themselves, and are so used to letting him reside inside their heads 24/7 that they can’t see that he’s playing them like fiddles.

    It’s both hilarious and somewhat sad to watch.

  2. I’m too much of a swine to see abacab’s “sad” element: for me it’s unalloyed joy to behold.

    There is a mass of ‘opinion formers’ and ‘pundits’ who believe that the Trump phenomenon will implode because it’s unlike anything they could conceive and they continue to talk up the possibility in the belief that this will add impetus to their desired outcome.

    Actually, on reflection it is perhaps a little bit sad but still ‘uge fun. Bigly!

  3. I like how each journalist thinks he or she has a unique insight into the depravity/vacuity/moronicness of Trump. Yet each writes exactly the same thing. So how about they deputise one journalist a day to do the Trump-bashing, so the rest can go do some real reporting?

  4. Where does this end, I wonder?

    By which, I don’t mean, “OMG Trump is SO stoopid and the world is doomed”. I mean, when do the left realise what’s going on and stop doubling down on the denial from over a year ago?

    In the meantime, I’m hanging on every word Scott Adams has to say, he’s simply faultess on this at the moment.

  5. He is the president. Should his utterances be ignored?
    And when they concern things he so clearly would rather be ignored, like the Big Bad Book whose sales he just boosted. What exactly are we to make of that? That he is playing 11-dimensional chess? Colour me sceptical…

  6. No he isn’t trolling.

    To quote Imran Khan recently they are a “blessing in disguise”.

  7. He is the president. Should his utterances be ignored?

    No, but perhaps not run a front-page story on every tweet for 2 days, eh?

    And when they concern things he so clearly would rather be ignored, like the Big Bad Book whose sales he just boosted.

    If the most important thing going on in Trump’s administration right now is this book, I’d be surprised. But if we were relying on the media, we’d be forgiven for thinking that’s all there was.

    What exactly are we to make of that? That he is playing 11-dimensional chess?

    Saying “Hey look, a squirrel!” is hardly 3D chess, but it appears to work. I concede he’s probably stumbled upon this approach by accident, but it appears to be quite deliberate now.

  8. He really is trolling them, isn’t he?

    Um, yes?

    This wasn’t obvious from the beginning?

  9. “If the most important thing going on in Trump’s administration right now is this book, I’d be surprised. But if we were relying on the media, we’d be forgiven for thinking that’s all there was.”

    The other problem with the media coverage is that it tends to focus everybodies attention including professional commentators on whether or not Trump is better than Obama or that he is better than Hilary would have been. Like I said before you got the horn tooting good ole boys or the bed wetters. Those in charge will be pleased with this situation.

    This is the trick that they play, no one is focusing on what is really going on. The average Americans are reasonable people, they always vote against intervention and foreign wars and are quite moral in their values, they may even have a Facebook or twitter account and can express their support for the downtrodden Iranians but lets face it most of them couldn’t actually point to Iran on a world map. Even though some very important decisions are coming up that will affect every single Iranians future that rests with their President. Maybe they should put their differences aside and tweet a map showing the combined political efforts of both sides of American politics that also shows the actual location of Iran to the American people, which is the the white bit in the middle with no writing on it.

    http://watson.brown.edu/costsofwar/files/cow/imce/papers/Current%20US%20Counterterror%20War%20Locations_Costs%20of%20War%20Project%20Map.pdf

  10. Oh, with hindsight the “genius” tweet has been…erm… genius. Initially I thought “wtf” but after a few days it’s now clear.

    The result has been that all the anti-trump loonies have been writing zillions of tweets that reinforce the link between the concepts of “trump” and “genius” while looking petulant themselves, which further helps him.

    That’s the kind of reinforcement that Scott Adams has been bashing on about the last 2 years.

    Yeah, he could just be a very, very lucky idiot. But he’s got a 100% success rate for all the supposedly bizarre things / tweets, if you look at the reaction of his opposition and how that plays into Adams’s “master persuader” concept. So I’m now coming down firmly on the side of it being deliberate manipulation,.

  11. Saying “Hey look, a squirrel!” is hardly 3D chess, but it appears to work. I concede he’s probably stumbled upon this approach by accident, but it appears to be quite deliberate now.

    What is he distracting them from? His great triumphs? Worse things? What, exactly?
    Trump’s tweets haven’t precluded the MSM from reporting on all the other things going on in Washington and the world. And if you don’t believe that, maybe try clicking on the parts of the BBC News website not labelled “US & Canada” or “World”.

  12. What is he distracting them from? His great triumphs? Worse things? What, exactly?

    What indeed? You’ve asked precisely the right question.

    Trump’s tweets haven’t precluded the MSM from reporting on all the other things going on in Washington and the world.

    Perhaps, but every news channel I stumble across leads every 2-3 days with Trump’s latest tweet outrage with everything else being sidelined. If it weren’t for Twitter I’d barely have known there were widespread protests in Iran last week; if it weren’t for a podcast I wouldn’t have known Trump is busy defunding the EPA and people are leaving in droves. But I would know all about Trump’s tweets and what various celebrities think of him.

  13. Polkamatic on January 7, 2018 at 4:51 pm said:

    ‘What is he distracting them from? His great triumphs? Worse things? What, exactly?”

    I don’t think he cares. The purpose of a troll is to consume large amounts of other people’s time for very little effort. He defiantly achieves this.

  14. It’s a masterclass in hostile media management. Quite amusing to watch. Maybe it’s part of his “Make America Great Again” strategy by keeping the mainstream media afloat?

  15. “Trump’s tweets haven’t precluded the MSM from reporting on all the other things going on in Washington and the world. And if you don’t believe that, maybe try clicking on the parts of the BBC News website not labelled “US & Canada” or “World”.”

    No, that is exactly what is not happening. The NYT and the BBC, etc. do very little real reporting these days.

    (Not that this is to do with Trump. The likes of the NYT gave up proper reporting years ago, and have just become spinners. But Trump is making this more obvious.)

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