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April 8, 2017

April Means War: Our Social Media Roundup

Tulips in front of The Capitol, Washington, D.C. Photo by Matt McClain/Washington Post

April is the cruelest month? Capitol Hill meets Blue Velvet?

Even before the U.S. missile strike on Thursday night, the photos of the week had an unsettling edge. This dark and eerie picture, taken by staff photographer, Matt McClain, was posted on the Washington Post Twitter feed the day before the attack. Early in the week, we saw plenty of Jared in a military orbit. Then, the extraordinarily painful Libération cover placed the victims of the Syrian gas attack into suspended animation.

In the aftermath of the attack, a key question to ask if Trump’s decision to attack Syria was really a deliberative process? As much as the media wants to make three days and a 180 degree philosophy shift into something deeper, check out that photo op of Trump with the highway construction decision tree.

What’s important to note, however, is Trump’s ability to change the subject when he has dug himself a hole. It just takes starting five or six fires at the same time. Given this hyper-manic administration, the event (and the face-off) we expected to highlight the week, the Trump/Xi summit, was reduced to a footnote.

This week, we also took an extra-close look at a controversial Pepsi ad. That’s the one commodifying diversity and blurring the line between protesters and riot police.

Tact and tone used to be so important. What happened?

 

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Controversial Pepsi protest ad screenshots.

 

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