It was late March of 2016, and I made the decision to bring back the True Capitalist Radio show because Donald Trump was running for President. The Internet seemed as if it was mostly unified for that short period of time. Pepe the Frog, MAGA, dank memes and 4chan’s /pol/ seemed like they dominated the Internet in its quest to elect Donald Trump. I looked forward to broadcasting at that time, for I knew I was a part of something the world had never seen. The Internet’s influence superseded the main stream media and had a direct affect on world affairs.
Later in the Summer of 2016, I announced the “Summer of Digital Chaos.” prior to the major WikiLeaks data dumps (not to mention all the other digital damage we did that year). It was a time when so many people were singularly motivated behind one belief; to make Trump President. The spirit was so intense, it was literally magical.
But that all changed once Trump was elected President. The Alt-Right personalities showed that they were nothing more than attention whores. Meme soldiers went back to playing videos games, watching cartoons or trolling for no good reason. Even 4chan’s /pol/ lost its luster by resorting back to /b/-like activity. It’s as if everyone on the Internet stopped being seriously political; as if it never happened.
It’s a sad sight to witness, but it underscores why these politicians are so confident in their corrupt ways. They know, at some point, the public stops being political and goes back to sleep. Hence, why Donald Trump has had a hard time passing his agenda even though its a Republican dominated Congress. The Internet movement that got Trump elected has abandoned him almost completely, and no one in Congress is feeling the political pressure of the once feared “Trump Train.”
Now that it’s 2017, its a completely different feeling. It’s as if the previous year never happened and the Internet is back to its useless trolling, harassing and hacking ways. What happened to the Meme Magic? Video games, trolling and cartoons killed it. And the proof? Just look around the Internet today! Instead of the Internet becoming the mainstream media, it has reverted back to the digital wasteland where people use it to exercise their evilness behind the veil of supposed anonymity.
I will never forget 2016, for I believe we will never see a year like it ever again. I’m glad I was apart of it, witnessed it and actually experienced it first hand.