We tried to burn our Facebook profiles to the ground.
Elections are a glorious time of year when you start seeing dank political memes and opinions all over your Facebook feed, and perhaps never more so than when it comes to… Donald Trump.
Facebook can seem like an echo chamber in which your self-selected audience agrees with you. So we created an experiment. Three people who aren't actual Trump fans would try to create genuinely convincing (and not jokey!) pro-Trump Facebook statuses and see how people reacted.
Joanna: It was really challenging to come up with a pro-Trump status that didn't sound like a joke. I was nervous. I felt a little physically sick. It was like going public saying I love punching myself in the face. I didn't think many people would believe me. But I knew some might. I pretty much never discuss politics on Facebook because I like to avoid awkward arguments.
Sarah: At first, I was like, « Hell yeah I got this! » And then I sat down and realized this would not be simple. I have a lot of friends in the comedy community (#humblebrag), and I realized doing something so unfunny could get me shunned. But then again, I love debate and argumentation, and I like to think I would have made a good lawyer. So I came up with a roundabout way of saying that maybe I support Trump. I didn't want to be called out as a troll.
Matt: Initially, I had zero desire to participate in this little experiment. I'm liberal, but I've spent my 28 years on this earth carefully avoiding political conversations, since most « conversations » consist of two groups not listening to each other and seeing who can shout louder. However, I also enjoy throwing gasoline on a fire to see how high the flame can go. I never express any opinions on Facebook — political or otherwise — and my only statuses regard losing or breaking my phone. So I took it as a challenge to see if I make a believable pro-Trump status, but I definitely had a knot in my stomach.