What causes a presidential campaign to fall apart midstream? We could blame Donald Trump’s recent fortunes on a variety of factors from poor debate performance to scandalous videos to a propensity for hoof and mouth disease, but maybe it’s technology to blame.
The interwebs are a way for any one of us to voice an opinion on anything at anytime. Even 3:00 in the morning. Thanks to Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, Skype, FaceTime and dozens of online social sites, forums, and site comment sections, people can converse with one another in near real time. That sounds like freedom of speech that transcends borders, but there’s a negative side and I think Donald Trump’s Samsung smartphone is killing his presidential campaign.
Samsung vs. Apple
For those who follow politics and do so with modern technology, you know Donald Trump communicates with fans, followers, and adherents to his political perspective using a variety of methods, especially Twitter.
You also know that Trump uses both an iPhone and a Samsung Galaxy smartphone to tweet out missives and messages. Is there a difference between the messages from one device vs. the other?
First, Trump does not tweet everything that hits his Twitter account himself. His staff adds to the mountain of messages, which may be why the candidate can say he never said something controversial or not factual when the record says otherwise; one of his staffers did it.
David Robinson did the legwork to show that Trump’s Samsung smartphone might be the device– thanks to all Trump’s bad karma mixing up with Samsung’s bad karma– that is killing his presidential campaign.
There’s a lot of mumbo jumbo and techno-chatter in Robinson’s piece, but it boils down to this. Trump tweets using a Galaxy smartphone. Trump’s campaign staff tweets using an iPhone.
Trump’s Android account uses about 40-80% more words related to disgust, sadness, fear, anger, and other “negative” sentiments than the iPhone account does.
Translation: iPhone pleasant, Galaxy angry.
Personally, I see this as pure karma; what goes around, comes around. Samsung has a reputation that goes beyond the pretty products it sells; a company that seemingly does not have a research and development division for the Galaxy S and Note line, and uses Apple instead. Samsung is blatant about stealing intellectual property and lying in advertising and product benchmarks. Samsung’s recent Galaxy Note 7 exploding battery problem is the result of karma; the universe correcting itself.
Likewise, by using a Samsung Galaxy smartphone to tweet negative diatribes incessantly, Trump has picked up some of that negative karma, unknowingly blended it with his own, and that explains his recent problems on the campaign trail. He complained about a microphone during the first debate with Hillary Clinton, and his karma, combined with Samsung’s karma, brought forth audio captured on a good microphone from 2005; a scandalous disaster that may end his campaign in a big exploding fireball of failure.
Just like Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7. Trump’s political fortunes and Samsung’s smartphone fortunes. Both driven by karma.