Hollywood Twitter Activists Threats Of Boycotting Georgia Is All Talk

Anytime a Republican-led state passes legislation Hollywood celebrities do not like; you can always count on some of the more outspoken actors and actresses to engage in Twitter activism. By posting a Tweet, they feel as though they have made a real difference in society by sharing their opinions and threatening to boycott a state, company, or organization that didn't do what they wanted.

This month's Hollywood Twitter activism focuses on the growing debate on abortion as states across the nation pass new legislation that either restricts or expands the procedure.

Thanks to tax credits, Georgia's film industry has grown significantly over the past few years as many TV and movie production companies have moved from Hollywood to "Hollywood South" due to the cheaper costs of producing in the Peach State.

After Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed the heartbeat bill into law, the usual Hollywood Twitter tribe went to posting threats of never working again in the state and encouraged others to boycott Georgia and to maybe even donate to their favorite Hollywood celebrity-approved charity.

You would assume the possibility of losing millions of dollars of revenue for the state would concern the governor and maybe make him reconsider his public opinions on the issue. However, the possible boycotts from Hollywood haven't deterred him from his strong stance on the matter.

Saturday at the Georgia Republican Convention Kemp said: "I understand that some folks don't like this new law. I am fine with that. We're elected to do what's right — and standing up for precious life is always the right thing to do." He went to mock Hollywood celebrities specifically: "We value and protect innocent life. Even though that makes C-list celebrities squawk."

According to TheBlaze, Lauren Groh-Wargo, the governor's top aide, said the governor isn't worried about Hollywood leaving the state: "[He] literally does not care if the film industry leaves Georgia."

I believe Kemp isn't worried about Hollywood taking their productions elsewhere because in the back of his mind, he probably knows that it's all just talk. He knows they're just mad and they're just ranting because at the end of the day it's a money decision.

Hollywood studios have invested too much money in creating an infrastructure in the state of offices and production facilities with some of those businesses Georgia based to pack up and leave. Packing up shop would cost too much money.

Yes, some celebrities may not work in Georgia anymore, but it's not going to be enough to really have a financial impact on the state. Most actors/actresses will continue to work in the state and will justify their continued working in the state by donating money to charities that support their politics or by saying they don't want to make those that work in the industry in Georgia lose their job.

If you recall, Hollywood entertainers promised to leave America if Trump won yet they're still here. This is a similar situation. Bottom line is it's a money move, and Hollywood isn't going anywhere.

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of A Whittle Bit of Commentary. Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Radio Free Trump: Radio Stations Going All Trump All The Time 24/7

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Some radio stations are going all in on Trump.

Three stations in the Panama City area announced they will air two-minute clips of speeches by President Trump every hour until Election Day in 2020.

A station in Connecticut, WDRC, has Trumped the Florida stations by rebranding itself as ‘Trump 103.3.’ The station plans to air conservative talk shows from Mike Gallagher, Bill O’Reilly, and Ben Shapiro.  

This is a great way to pump up Trump fans.

However, under FCC rules, stations must allow airtime to any candidate running for office. So they are required to offer Democrats airtime for advertisements.

I hope Democrats are invited on the station regardless of FCC rules because it’ll just be fun to hear “And joining us now on Trump 103.3, it’s Bernie Sanders.”

I’m Chad Whittle with a Whittle Bit of Commentary.

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of A Whittle Bit of Commentary. Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Democrat And True Liberal Tulsi Gabbard Speaks Up For Conservative Free Speech On Social Media

It's not every day you hear a Democrat Presidential candidate stand up for free speech for conservatives, but on a recent episode of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Tulsi Gabbard (D- Hawaii) did precisely that.

During the interview, Rogan and Gabbard's discussion turned to social media and how Facebook and Twitter have removed user accounts from individuals they obviously don't agree with politically.

Recently Facebook removed Paul Joseph Watson and Alex Jones related accounts from their platform.

According to Breitbart, Gabbard said:

"There's just been news recently about Facebook banning certain individuals . . . because of their speech. They disagree with the speech they're using or the ideas they're pushing forward. Unchecked, First Amendment rights going out the window.

Regarding the debate concerning social media networks are private companies and therefore are not required to allow free speech, the Hawaiian representative said:

"They're trying to get the best of both worlds. The fact that they are claiming to say, 'Hey, this is a free space for open communication for everyone' while at the same time saying 'You know, what Joe, I don't like what you're saying about this, so we're going to ban you and whoever your friends are from this conversation' — I think that's a big problem."

It is so good and encouraging to hear there is at least one Democrat candidate that is willing to publicly speak up for the free speech rights of those she probably doesn't agree with on the right. I am not sure if all the Democrat candidates are willing to take a public stand for conservative speech on social media. I think for some it would be the opposite and they would not speak up.

"I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." We all have heard that famous quote by author Evelyn Beatrice Hall, but unfortunately, I think many on the left do not believe that anymore.

Tulsi Gabbard is a true liberal because she is defending the free speech rights for all and I may not agree with a lot of what she has to say, but I defend her right to say it.

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of A Whittle Bit of Commentary. Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Social Media Is The Worst Thing That's Happened To Millennials And Generation Z

At a press conference for her latest film, singer and actress Selena Gomez stated social media has been “terrible for my generation,” and she’s right.

Social media has led to a rise in mental problems for young users that includes anxiety/depression and the bullying of children. The peer pressure online of trying to become famous and gain a large audience has real-world consequences; it is not simply innocent behavior or just something to do for some kicks. The comments aimed toward children can cause serious mental damage or even help play a part in tragedies.

A Malaysian teenager jumped to her death, according to Reuters after asking her followers on Instagram to answer a poll on her page that asked if she should choose death or life. The Sarawak, Malaysia district police chief Aidil Bolhassan told Reuters they were conducting a post-mortem to determine if other factors contributed to her death as she had a history of depression.

While other issues probably influenced her to commit suicide, no doubt the mental toll of the social media culture played a part in her ultimately making a heartbreaking and awful decision.

While not every young person or even a majority may be influenced to go as far as to commit suicide over social media, these websites and apps still can cause harm to the mental health of children.

Gomez is right when she called social media “dangerous” and impossible to make safe for children at this point, according to the UK Guardian. While parents worry about all the dangers outside of their house in the world for their kids, some of the most dangerous might be lurking inside their home just a tap away on an app.

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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Starting A Conservative Alternative To Facebook Is Not As Easy As It Sounds. Here's Why.

Recently, people have been all a-Twitter about breaking up social media due to censorship, while others have privacy concerns. Some conservatives have even called for the creation of alternatives to Facebook. While I'm not against the idea of someone starting a conservative, free speech loving, privacy-protecting alternative to Facebook, it's not as simple to do as it sounds. Below, I offer multiple reasons why this would be a difficult task:

1. The concept: Simply just copying Mark Zuckerberg's idea and the look, design, and function of Facebook but with a conservative slant would not work. For a new social media network to work and gain users, it needs to offer something new and not just offer a ripped off version of another platform. If you look at the most popular social networks, each offers something unique to audiences: Instagram (photo sharing with filters), Snapchat (disappearing videos), Twitter (angry Hollywood leftists that are fun to laugh at) YouTube (piano playing cats and Mark Gormley videos).

2. Creative talent: Regardless of your thoughts about Zuckerberg and the rest of the tech wizards, you have to admit that the Facebook founder and the rest are very talented, creative, smart people. You need someone on the right that has the skills and talent to create a new platform. Yes, you can find conservative computer programmers and conservatives that work in the industry, but you need to find conservatives that also have the vision to make their ideas a reality.

3. Funding: You need cash. Lots of cash to make any startup website, conservative or not, to have a chance at success. With Silicon Valley leaning left, you may have to think outside the box for startup funding.

4. Remember number three? You need more cash for marketing, promotion, business expenses, and employees.

5. Patience: It takes any business you could ever start time to succeed. This wouldn't be a quick overnight success that would take off like a U.S. rocket toward North Korea in the Pacific Ocean. You'd have to have years of patience plus a lot of hard work to make it last.

6. Users: You could have the coolest social site on the internet, but if you have no users, then none of it matters. It's hard to change people's habits once they get used to something else whether it be Facebook, watching another nightly newscast when they've watched the same local news for 20 years, etc. Changing people's habits is a hard thing to do, and conservatives may think millions would leave en masse if an alternative to Facebook went online, but I think it'd be hard to change many people's habit of using the website because they've grown accustomed to using the social site. Plus, most users have years of their lives stored on the service including photos and videos.

I'm sure I've missed some angles on this topic, but that should at least offer a starting point concerning some of the main problems that would transpire if someone decided to give it a go and start a well-funded conservative alternative to Facebook or another social network.

This article isn't a criticism of the concept or idea, but instead, this essay is trying to be honest about the realities one would face if they did decide to try to build a conservative social media website.

I'm all for a conservative social network, and I hope this article can help a conservative entrepreneur figure out how to make it actually work.

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

New Data On Netflix Viewership Reports Nostalgia Beating New Netflix Originals - A Whittle Bit of Commentary

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Nielsen has released interesting new data on what subscribers on Netflix are watching and it appears the 50 plus crowd are watching Netflix originals more than younger viewers.

See kids, your mom is hip and cool!

According to Business Insider, those 50 plus spend a greater share of their time on Netflix watching originals than younger viewers with the older crowd spending 33% of their minutes watching originals compared to 27% for younger viewers.

While Netflix originals are very popular, old TV repeats of shows like “The Office” and “Friends” are the most popular titles on the streaming service.

People love nostalgia because times always seemed simpler in the past compared to today. Plus, shows of the past were not anywhere near as dirty as the Netflix originals available to stream today.

I’m Chad Whittle with A Whittle Bit of Commentary.

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Microsoft To Release Woke Version of Word That Helps Make Your Grammar More Politically Correct

Microsoft plans to release a woke version of their popular Word program in June that will use artificial intelligence to help make your writing more politically correct. The new "Ideas in Word" feature will underline words or phrases that may be insensitive and suggest corrections according to Fast Company.

The company isn't branding it as a PC checker, but that's basically what it is. The new AI feature will also highlight words and phrases that could be considered showing gender bias.

For example, instead of "Congressman," it might change it to "Congressperson."

President Donald Trump becomes President Hillary Clinton. Ok, I made that one up.

"Disabled person" becomes "person with a disability."

The AI feature might suggest you changing "gentlemen's agreement" to "unspoken agreement."

The updated version of Word will also include checks for clarity in writing, conciseness, punctuation, and "sensitive geopolitical terms."

If you want your writing to be less woke, you can turn off the new grammar checks in your settings. However, if you do turn off the woke grammar checks, AOC receives an alert, and she will Tweet you and tell you that was "not cool."

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Trump Has A Big League Advantage No Other Republican President Has Ever Had If Democrats Try Impeachment: An Influential Conservative Media

The Democrats are once again ramping up the impeachment talk to help fundraise for the 2020 campaign, and because of the #EpicFail that was the Mueller investigation that concluded Trump did not collude with Russia.

While many Democrats may think it’s a slam dunk if they do decide to impeach Trump on Trumped up charges, Trump has a big league advantage that didn’t exist when Nixon resigned.

Today in 2019, Trump has a vast and influential conservative media that no one could have even predicted when Nixon was facing accusations.

During Nixon’s era, you had three broadcast networks, multiple national and regional newspapers/magazines that almost all were mainstream left-leaning outlets.

While it’s true today the majority of the media is still liberal, unlike in the 1970s, you have multiple influential conservative media outlets that would offer a balance to the Trump hating impeachment coverage that would dominate mainstream media outlets.

Watergate possibly could’ve gone different for Nixon if Sean Hannity and Fox News existed then. Plus, Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, Michael Savage and the rest of talk radio reaches millions of listeners per day.

There are also powerful online sources including The Daily Caller and Breitbart that would spread facts and information the rest of the media would not report.

In addition, there is BlazeTV, YouTubers and conservative bloggers posting on social media.

And of course, there is the biggest pro-Trump media megaphone of them all: Trump’s Twitter page.

Democrats can Tweet and comment all they want that Trump is Nixon 2.0 and they can give impeachment a shot, but it would be nowhere near as easy as it was with Richard Milhouse.

Trump has an advantage no other former Republican president has, and that is a vast right-wing media on-air and online that would be ready to come to his defense. If you’ve seen the ratings recently for CNN and how badly Fox News dominates them, I think I like Trump’s odds.

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Parody Joe Biden Website Ranks Higher On Google Than His Real Campaign Website

Comedians and satire kings on social media are going to have a field day with the 2020 presidential election. The hilarious fun has already begun!

While former Vice President Joe Biden is rising in the polls, at the same time a fake Joe Biden campaign website is rising up the Google search results when anyone searches his name.

JoeBiden.info, a fake parody campaign account that mocks his “legislative accomplishments” with a list of issues he was against before he was for them (Iraq War for example) and his “hands-on approach” with women ranks higher on Google than his campaign website.

I Googled Joe Biden and other than an advertisement asking you to donate to him, his official website is nowhere to be found, but JoeBiden.info is the fourth link on the page.

I love satire, and this website and the fact it tops his own campaign website on Google is just classic.

However, if the parody account starts to gain too much traction, Google will probably block or take the website off the top results if the company follows the lead of Twitter that took down an AOC parody account.

The fake site already has a lot of material from Biden’s past with many more moments I’m sure ahead as we edge closer to election day 2020. This race for the White House is going to be a meme bonanza.

Especially if it comes down to Biden v. Trump.

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

 

The XFL Could Be The League That Makes Spring Football Work

Vince McMahon's spring football league the XFL announced the broadcast partners for the inaugural season next February. The opening weekend games will air on ABC and FOX with other games airing on ESPN and FS1.

This is a huge deal for a startup league to sign broadcast agreements with not only one but two broadcast networks plus ESPN and FOX Sports 1.

The original XFL games in the early 2000s aired on NBC and UPN (May it rest in peace).

The Alliance of American Football's (AAF) biggest problem was no one knew when the games were on or where fans could watch the action. Each week the games aired at different times on different days on small networks like CBS Sports Network, NFL Network and sometimes on the Bleacher Report app.

Most Americans don't receive the CBS Sports Network in their cable package. If they do, no one knows how to find it on their channel lineup.

The XFL 2.0 is more organized with better leadership than the first time around. McMahon has taken his time and not just thrown it together like he did the first time around.

Only McMahon could've pulled off the TV deal the XFL just signed. No one else has the influence to pulled that off.

Of course, only time will tell if the XFL can find a TV audience and grow a fan base. However, no other spring league has ever pulled off a massive TV contract like the XFL did today. If you want to develop an audience, you have to be on big networks, which the AAF learned quickly. Otherwise, you just become a footnote on the failed football leagues page on Wikipedia.

The XFL has the best chance ever of any spring league startup to actually make spring football work.

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Majority Of Democrats Running For President Are Really Running For A Cable News Gig Or Book Deal 5/3/19 - A Whittle Bit of Commentary

Transcript: I don’t know about you but I gave up trying to keep count on how many Democrats are running for President. The names of new candidates from this point on doesn’t matter because none of have a chance at winning the nomination and they know it.

So why are they running?

Simple. It’s a marketing campaign.

Most of the candidates that are not delusional into believing they can actually win, are running to enhance their profile.

To gain national recognition.

To grab a gig on CNN or MSNBC and maybe even sign a book deal.

Having that you’re a former candidate for president is a nice line on your resume. They know it’s Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders nomination to lose. Everyone else is just running for a book deal.

I’m Chad Whittle and that’s a Whittle Bit of Commentary.

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

CNN Goes From "The Most Trusted Name In News" To The Least Watched Name In News According To Latest TV Ratings

CNN has gone from "The most trusted name in news" to the least watched name in news. The ratings for the network that once was the pride of cable news journalism continues to decline in the months after the release of the Mueller Report with no signs of stopping.

According to Nielsen Media Research, CNN's prime-time ratings dropped an eye-popping 26% in April compared to last year. This marked the lowest-rated month in total viewers since October 2015 for the news channel.

CNN shows are not even gaining a million viewers anymore, and the channel is a national network. To help you understand how bad the ratings are for the WarnerMedia owned network, Fox News received 2.4 million viewers, and MSNBC was second with 1.6 million in April 2018. CNN came in last among the big three cable news networks with an average audience of just 767,000.

CNN's highest rated show for the month was "Chris Cuomo Primetime" with an average viewership of 917,000, placing the show the 26th most-watched show in total viewers among cable news. "Hannity" on Fox News led the way in ratings for the month with an average audience of 3.086 million total viewers.

We are witnessing a dramatic decline for CNN that started even before the Mueller investigation started. The network has been trending downward for many years as the news channel's reporting turned from objective to subjective while at the same time rivals Fox and MSNBC have been able to find their groove by appealing to the right and left.

CNN went all in for two years on Russian collusion, and after the Mueller report concluded there was no collusion; audiences had no reason to continue to watch after CNN was proven to be wrong.

Based on the ratings, maybe CNN should change their slogan from "The most trusted name in news" to "This is CNN. Yes, we still exist."

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Not Fake News: Imaged-Obsessed Americans Are Purchasing Fake Vacation Photos To Post On Social Media

If you’ve ever had any doubts that we live in an image-obsessed culture, this article should confirm your suspicions.

According to FoxNews.com, a photo-editing service named Fake A Vacation allows users to take photos of themselves on vacations superimposed onto fake backgrounds so they can post to their followers on Instagram.

Yes, you read that right. People are actually paying money to have fake photos taken of themselves on vacation so they can impress followers on social media they’ll never meet.

A study of 4,000 participants from Jetcost, which is a flight cost-comparison site, determined 14 percent of respondents lied to others about fancy vacations; while ten percent of them took it a step further by posting fake photos on social media.

Some of the main reasons people are paying money to have fake travel photos taken are because a real vacation is too expensive, to make others envious or because they had to cancel a last minute trip. However, they can’t let a canceled trip get in the way of them posting photos about their vacation they’ve already bragged about on Facebook!

Customers purchase photo packages on the Fake A Vacation website, and after it’s processed, the company sends them a link to upload photos. The website staff suggests what clothes the customers should wear in the fake images. Then, three days later, you receive your photos you can post to Facebook to make your fake friends on Facebook really jealous of your fake vacation.

Some of the packages on the FakeAVacation.com website includes a fake trip to Disney Land for $39.99, Hawaii for $49.99 and the Grand Canyon for $49.99.

Americans more than ever are obsessed with status, wealth, and popularity that’s all fueled by social media and all of the time and effort they’re spending trying to keep up with the Joneses is making them more miserable than ever as mental health issues including depression continues to increase in America.

If this behavior continues, the number of mental health issues will only rise. Americans need to stop trying to create fake memories to impress others online and instead turn off the computer and go create real memories with their real friends and family.

Some of these memories might not be “Instagram worthy” but these memories will be worth more than any fake photos on social media could ever mean.

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Hollywood Needs To Look Inward And Push For Less Violent Movies and TV Shows

A new study in the Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry reports youth suicides among kids ages 10-17 increased to a 19-year high in the month after Netflix released the show “13 Reasons Why” which depicts a teen girl taking her life.

The U.S. youth suicide rate was 29% higher among children ages 10-17 than the previous year.

However, the study can’t prove the Netflix show was the cause of the teen suicides, but if we are honest with ourselves, we all know this show probably didn’t help either.

I’m sure you’ve heard people say that movies are “art” and it’s “fiction” and therefore the excessive violence, sexual content and overall vulgarity of what passes for modern entertainment has no influence on the behavior of the viewers.

This is just a lie. Images are powerful. If visuals weren’t then why are so many addicted to pornography? Images are incredibly powerful and can have a profound effect on certain viewers. Of course, not all that watch a violent film or an overly sexual television program will commit crimes or regrettable acts. However, many in our society will be influenced by these programs to make possible life-changing mistakes.

While no study can definitively prove a violent movie caused someone to commit horrible acts or a TV show about teen suicide caused young adults to commit suicide, for Hollywood celebrities to say violent content doesn’t have the potential to influence viewers is disingenuous.

If Hollywood wants to really do something about guns and violence, instead of protesting the Second Amendment and calling for more gun control, maybe instead they should first look inward at their entertainment industry and push for less violent content in movies, music, video games and on television.

The world is full of darkness. We need more light and positivity our world and in our entertainment. I encourage and challenge Hollywood to produce more uplifting stories including shows aimed at teenagers. Young adults could use a positive and encouraging message in our society.

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

New Study Proves Americans Should Ignore Twitter Outrages The News Media Exploits

A new study from the Pew Research Center proves Twitter outrage should never be taken seriously and just ignored. According to their latest survey, only 22% of U.S. adults use the microblogging social site.

I started a long time ago ignoring so-called Twitter outrage that the press hypes to make it seem as though the entire nation is upset over some issue or situation the majority of America doesn’t know or care about at all.

Anytime I see a headline with the phrase “Twitter blows up” or something similar I instantly click on the next article or keep scrolling past it. The media treats the Jack Dorsey led site as a public opinion poll that is supposed to mirror the majority of Americans. This is fake news.

Pew Research reports among U.S. adults, a small percentage of users produces Twitter discourse. The top 10% by the number of tweets are responsible for 80% of all tweets by U.S. adults.

The median Twitter user only posts twice per month, follows 89 accounts, and has 25 followers.

When the percentage of U.S. adults is broken down by day, once again, the top 10% of tweeters say they use Twitter more than once per day (81%) while the bottom 90% of tweeters say they use the platform 47%.

With such a small percentage of the population using and posting on Twitter, the social network should never be used as a measurement of American public opinion on any issue, especially political issues. 

The social site makes it easy for the news media to blow an unimportant and insignificant situation out of proportion. There are new fake outrages daily on Twitter the media can use to exploit.

The only way this continuous cycle of fake outrage and fake controversies becoming national stories is for Americans to ignore these stories and not click the links on news websites.

The statistics in this study reports most Americans are already ignoring Twitter; they just need to learn to ignore the phony media outrages that come from the social app.    

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Chad Whittle, Ph.D. holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

  

Democrats Are Starting To Realize They Need To Appear On Fox News Instead Of CNN If They Want To Reach Voters. The Bernie Sanders Town Hall On Fox Is The Most Viewed Of Year

We already knew Fox News was the king of cable news. The channel’s ratings and success prove it. Now, we have indisputable proof thanks to, of all people, Bernie Sanders.

Monday night the Senator and current Democrat frontrunner for president appeared on Fox for an hour that was the most watched town hall of the year with 2.6 million viewers. So far, the average viewership for CNN’s town halls is 903,000. Rivals Fox News and MSNBC’s regular programming airing during the CNN town halls each easily beat the network with Fox receiving an average of 2.2 million viewers and MSNBC 1.1 million.

I give Sanders credit for being willing to appear on Fox because not all Democrats would’ve done that.

The Vermont senator was wise to go on Fox because he knew if he wanted to reach a mass audience with his message, Fox was the place to go. No one outside of his base would’ve ever seen him on MSNBC, and if you look at the ratings for CNN, not many that “Burn for Bernie” or any other candidate’s supporters for that matter would’ve seen them on CNN.

Fox is in talks about hosting a town hall with Pete Buttigieg next. If he’s smart, he’ll accept the invitation so he can actually reach voters.

Even Democrats are starting to learn that if you want to reach an audience, you gotta go on Fox. Otherwise, you’ll just be talking to people that are walking through an airport glancing at CNN on a TV screen.

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Dr. Chad Whittle holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

 

 

AOC TV: Millennial Couple Plans To Launch The Wokest Netflix-Like Service In America

A Detroit couple that helped AOC win her Congressional seat plan to launch the wokest Netflix-like streaming service in America.

Means TV will be an internet-only streaming service that will offer subscribers access for $10 per month to “anti-capitalist” and “pro-worker” socialist programming including talk shows, comedy sketches, and on-the-ground reporting.

So basically, imagine if Bernie Sanders and AOC had a TV network. This is what it would look like.

I find it very capitalist of them to offer monthly subscriptions to their content in order to make a profit so they can stay in business.  Sounds like something Donald Trump would do.

The streaming service is the creation of Naomi Burton, 29, and Nick Hayes, 22, that produced a campaign video for the Ocasio-Cortez campaign.

Their goal is to attract millennials and Generation Z with their socialist message.

The couple credited Bernie Sanders campaign for President helping them to get woke.

Currently, the streaming service is seeking donations to help get the service started with a planned late 2019 launch.

With so many young Americans flirting with the ideas of socialism and with the couple having access to AOC’s millions of followers on Twitter, this video streaming service has a chance to attract an audience.

This potential new streaming service is a good example of a point I made earlier that the church and Christians need to produce video content if they want to reach young Americans with a positive message. Read that article here.

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Dr. Chad Whittle holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his daily column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

 

 

 

 

Would We Be Less Divided As Nation If Facebook And Twitter Didn't Exist? Or, Are Social Media Platforms A Reflection Of What Lies Within The American Heart?

In our hyper-partisan society, it seems the one thing everyone can agree on is that social media websites like Facebook and Twitter have not made America a more unified and respectful place.

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll reports 57 percent of Americans agree social media networks including Facebook and Twitter do more to divide the country than unite while 35 percent polled apparently have never been on political Twitter because they think the social sites help bring the nation together. One scroll through a politically related Twitter feed and those 35 percent would quickly change their mind.

In addition, 51 percent believe social media spread lies and falsehoods more than spreading news and information.

Sixty-one percent feel social media spreads more unfair attacks and rumors against public figures and corporations while 32 percent think these sites hold public figures and corporations accountable.

Finally, 26 percent say they have blocked or unfriended a contact on Facebook or another social media site due to their political views.

There are good aspects to social media that we all enjoy including learning about news we might’ve missed, watching funny videos and staying in touch with old friends and family.

However, it’s hard to deny these sites have also contributed largely to the hyper-political and hyper-partisan culture we live in. Every day there are people that find something new to be upset, angry and enraged about politically.

The thousands of daily hate-filled, personal attack Tweets aimed at public figures including members of Congress is disturbing. We live in a society that does not respect those in authority.

I’m not saying you have to agree with a representative on any or all issues because their position may go against your own religious and political beliefs but the personal, vile, vulgar, hate-filled posts on social media doesn’t help to move the political discussion forward. It just makes our society and politics more toxic which isn’t good for anyone.

Sometimes I wonder if we didn’t have Facebook and Twitter would our politics be so personal and toxic? Could there be a chance that we’d be less divided on issues and could find more common ground if our national politics didn’t seem like such a battlefield that is fought daily in 280 characters or less on Twitter?

Or, have people always felt this way, and social media just amplifies thoughts and behavior that has always been there?

I believe social media has played a part in creating this more toxic environment that has contributed to our nation becoming more divided, but social sites aren’t the only reason we’re so divided.

The root of our divided country isn’t just the social platforms that allow awful people to say terrible things. The comments online are just a simple reflection of what lies within the users posting these messages.

Unfortunately, our society continues to move further away from a moral and religious foundation which is the main reason our politics and culture have become so dark and toxic. The moral collapse of our country is getting posted, liked, shared and Tweeted daily by the minute.

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Dr. Chad Whittle holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his weekly column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

The Mainstream Media Should Be Beacons Of Truth In The Age Of Fake News, But New Poll Shows Many Americans Know They're Not.

According to a new poll of 2,200 Americans conducted by The Hollywood Reporter and Morning Consult, many Americans know what we all know to be true about the mainstream media: the majority of it is liberal.

The study reports 46 percent believe CNN leans liberal and 43 percent believe MSNBC is as well.

Just 12 percent believe CNN is neutral which is still too high of a number.

Broadcast TV networks are believed to have a liberal bias as well with 36 percent believing NBC is liberal, 35 percent for CBS, and 34 percent believe ABC’s coverage is slanted left.

Of the sample, 51 percent believe Fox News is conservative.

The poll also found that 40 percent of Americans believe there should be less coverage of politics with another 40 percent believing TV news should cover world events more. It’s hard to disagree with them on this point.

I’m glad to see there are so many others that are figuring out the agenda of the mainstream media. The more Americans figure out the news coverage they are receiving from mainstream traditional news sources is slanted, the better informed they’ll become because they will seek out more accurate, alternative sources.

In the age of the fake news and misrepresentation spreading all across social media, traditional journalism institutions should be beacons of truth and accuracy. A place Americans can turn to find the truth and not a biased agenda. Sadly, this isn’t the case and probably never will be. They’ll continue to go left, and because of this, their ratings will continue to go south.

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Dr. Chad Whittle holds a doctoral degree in mass communication and is the host of “A Whittle Bit of Commentary.” Subscribe today to his podcast on Apple Podcasts, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and Google Play. Read his weekly column at ChadWhittle.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.