Truth, Relativism, and the News Media: How Donald Trump Was Elected

“How did this happen?” This is the question roughly half of the country is asking in the wake of the 2016 presidential election. How did a candidate, who nearly every analyst deemed unelectable, prove everyone wrong? Some point to the political polarization plaguing the country as the answer. But this is not satisfactory. Trump’s success may be a symptom of this polarization, but to understand the problem, one must understand the primary cause of polarization itself. Indeed, the polarization that is currently hampering political discourse in the United States existed…

A Unique Election Season in the Age of Social Media

I’m sure you’re sick of hearing about the 2016 election. After all, it’s all around us, permeating our conversations, splashed on the front page of every newspaper, and receiving constant television coverage. For months we’ve been unable to escape the constant onslaught of speculations on who will win and how, and talk is unlikely to slow now that there’s been such a stunning reversal of expectations with Donald Trump’s victory. In fact, I bet your social media platforms are especially saturated with election coverage. Scroll through Facebook and what was…