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Eunice GonzalezFollow

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13-12-2017 8:35 AM

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Current research on online and offline forms of civic engagement lacks the necessary information through which to understand the relationship between different forms of activism under the new presidential administration in the United States. President Trump’s administration has consistently incited passionate and ongoing response from both sides of the political spectrum which has led to both support and protest towards the administration. Nonetheless, his active presence on his personal social media accounts both differs significantly from past presidencies in the United States and further complicates and instigates response from his constituents online and offline. Moreover, social media has transformed into a readily available tool through which users partake in forms of online activism by simply retweeting or posting. However, the current methods of organization simultaneously evolve and revert back to traditional forms of activism as seen through the succession of events following the 2017 DACA repeal. As a result, my proposal seeks to understand the relationship between online and offline forms of civic engagement as it is impacted by the Trump administration to examine how citizens respond to changing political climates.

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Faculty Advisor: Dr. Christopher Finlay

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Dec 13th, 8:35 AM

Civic Engagement in Trump Era Politics

Current research on online and offline forms of civic engagement lacks the necessary information through which to understand the relationship between different forms of activism under the new presidential administration in the United States. President Trump’s administration has consistently incited passionate and ongoing response from both sides of the political spectrum which has led to both support and protest towards the administration. Nonetheless, his active presence on his personal social media accounts both differs significantly from past presidencies in the United States and further complicates and instigates response from his constituents online and offline. Moreover, social media has transformed into a readily available tool through which users partake in forms of online activism by simply retweeting or posting. However, the current methods of organization simultaneously evolve and revert back to traditional forms of activism as seen through the succession of events following the 2017 DACA repeal. As a result, my proposal seeks to understand the relationship between online and offline forms of civic engagement as it is impacted by the Trump administration to examine how citizens respond to changing political climates.