Niall O'Sullivan

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Trumpigram, the poetic form for the post-truth era

Posted on | January 10, 2017 | 1 Comment

I recently watched this video from The Nerdwriter on YouTube about the tweets of Donald Trump. It’s well worth a few minutes of your time if you haven’t already watched it. Part of its conclusions can be condensed to this: tweets from Donald Trump’s account that share links are probably composed by his staff. Tweets that express a strong opinion that are concluded with a brief exclamatory statement and an exclamation mark have probably come from the Donald’s own tiny fingers. Here’s an example:

He starts off with a seemingly factual statement and then finishes with a brief exclamation and then an exclamation mark. Again:

Factual statement > brief exclamation > exclamation mark

What we have here, I do believe, is a poetic form! I was originally gong to call it the trumpku but that seems to already be used for Trump statements translated into the Japanese poetic form. So, borrowing from “epigram” I proudly present the trumpigram.

The form is simple, 140 characters following the formula of Factual statement > brief exclamation > exclamation mark

Let the fun begin!


One Response to “Trumpigram, the poetic form for the post-truth era”

  1. Alan Wolfson
    January 10th, 2017 @ 7:12 pm

    We’re gonna build a fourth wall, and we’re gonna make the Brechtians pay. Epic!#trumpigram

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