From the very beginning of this amazing election cycle, I have been telling people, Including the Trump campaign at every opportunity, that they should not underestimate REDDIT. Naturally, many of those older folk replied “REDDIT? What’s a REDDIT?”, while other “Conservatives” made noises of disgust and said (as they say of Facebook and Twitter) “I would NEVER go there. REDDIT is a bunch of filth, perversion, and social justice warriors/leftist loons”.
WELL GUESS WHAT, PEOPLE–WHILE YOU’VE BEEN PEARL CLUTCHING OVER THE MEDIA AND THEIR PERFIDY, AND SAYING “NOBODY IS DOING ANYTHING”, REDDIT HAS AWAKENED TO WHAT IS GOING ON. AND THE MILLENNIALS MANY OF YOU MOCK ARE P*SSED OFF AS HELL, AND THEY ARE FULLY ENGAGED AND FIGHTING FOR TRUMP.
“What’s a Reddit?”
Reddit is the self proclaimed FRONT PAGE OF THE INTERNET. And if you are a techie, or a millennial–it IS. Over 80% of millennials get most of their news from Reddit and other social media. The site is designed in am manner reminiscent of the old internet BBS format, and is made up of millions of “subreddits”–groups formed by members to discuss common interests.
For the cultural anthropologist, semantic analyst, or psychographic segmentation specialist, Reddit is the closest thing to heaven you could ask for. Reddit literally represents a statistical universe, due to the size and the (relative) lack of regulation. Anyone can start a subreddit about ANYTHING (and some are truly sickening, of course), as easily as you can throw together a free website.
And each subreddit develops a unique culture and language of its own. Enter /r/The_Donald. This subreddit, now boasting over 240,000 members with at least 7-8000 active on the sub AT ANY GIVEN TIME, began life as a motley collection of meme generators, 4channers, and devotees to the You Tube series CAN’T STUMP THE TRUMP.
If you haven’t watched this amazing example of citizen journalism–I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. While people in my age group (officially antique) were dismissing millennials as clueless, they were getting informed. BE WARNED, this series can be difficult to understand if you don’t know the cultural references involved, and the format will be utterly unlike any “newscast” you’ve ever watched. But this channel and the series serve as a series of newscasts/mini-documentaries. AND READ THE COMMENTS.
When you read beyond all the meme references and sh*tposting, you see that the people who watch this channel have a lot to say. They can see what is happening–thanks to Can’t Stump The Trump–and they don’t like it either.
Behind the #NimbleNavigators, #Centipedes, and BUILD THE WALL….
I was an active participant in /r/The_Donald from early on, and also in /r/AskTrumpSupporters, until life got too hectic. But I still go there daily to read the news, and enjoy the evolution of the subreddit from a sh*tposting, over the top, satirical circlejerk into a focused, highly motivated group of intensely involved people. It’s a testimony to their worth that Donald Trump Himself gave /r/The_Donald an AMA (Redditspeak for Ask Me Anything), that James O’Keefe appealed to /r/The_Donald to help him get his videos out, and to process the wikileaks emails.
Trump campaign staffers routinely read through this subreddit for information, and Trump himself drops by and leaves encouragement every once in a while. Yes, the language may be crude/profane at times, and some may be extremely puzzling–but the people here are contributing a truly unprecedented amount of value to the campaign and to us–is we choose to use it.
Looking for the Wikileaks #Podestaemails gold? GO TO /r/The_Donald.
The #Nimblenavigators have organized themselves into loose “teams”–complete with schedules (in some cases) and protocols for posting finds of value. In those threads, you’ll find fully sorted, searchable document files and an amazing amount of astute analysis, just waiting to be picked up and used as ammo against your local or internet leftist loons at will.
In this election, it is the citizen journalists, citizen activists, and social media at war against the MSM/Bank/ Corporate/ UNIPARTY machine. And if you haven’t gone to /r/The_Donald to at least “lurk”–you’re missing out on a gold mine of easy to communicate information on our opposition–both in the extensive email research files and in the MEMES. Because these people create some of the most engaging, hard hitting, unique memes on the internet. search through the threads, or just ASK, and you’ll be buried in memes that “convert” like nobody else’s–because they are being created by some of the premier meme generators online today.
Time To Put Aside Your Prejudices, Folks.
We’re nearing the biggest battle of this war, and we need everyone we can get on board and being active. And if Trump and O’Keefe have allied with /r/The_Donald, don’t you think it’s time YOU did, also? Yes, there are some dark and nasty places on Reddit. BUT YOU CAN’T FIND THEM UNLESS YOU LOOK ANYWAY. It’s not like you’ll be slapped in the face with something criminal or just plain sick the minute you hit the front page.
And yes, the #Nimblenavigators can be confusing at times. But that doesn’t mean they should be discounted, by any means. This group has grown, in less than 8 months, from next to nothing to almost A QUARTER OF A MILLION PEOPLE. And it’s high time everyone decides to put credit where credit is due, and take all the wonderful weapons they have turned out, and go forth to victory.