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Dealing With ‘Campaign Hangover’

Dealing With ‘Campaign Hangover’

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Although half of America may be happy its candidate for President won, half of the population is unhappy with the outcome, a U.S. communications expert says.

Jenny Armentrout, assistant professor of communication studies at Saint Mary’s College, in Notre Dame, Ind., said when the election ends some will take to social media and, if their candidate won, gloat.

Such “status updates” might offend those whose candidate lost, but that’s been the case throughout this election season, Armentrout said.

The virtual world often provides more monologues than dialogues and Facebook posts can antagonize friends with opposing political views, Armentrout added.

Perhaps more than ever before, people know their friends’ political persuasions going into an election, but many blocked each other’s posts or even unfriended people who didn’t think like them, Armentrout said.

After the election, “campaign hangover,” the heady experience of winning can annoy those happy and unhappy with the election results, but reaching out — something social media was supposed promote — could make a difference.

“Conflict resolution and empathy are huge parts of communication processes that we sometimes overlook in terms of online formats due to how ambiguous/anonymous we perceive these mediums to be,” Armentrout said.

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  • Gary L

    “Although half of America may be happy its candidate for President won, half of the population is unhappy with the outcome”

    It seems like 25% are happy, 25% are unhappy the the 50% of voting age Americans that did not give a damn enough to vote should just keep thier mouths shut.

  • roger

    voting for either candidate, means that you agree with their unconstitutional activism and their perjury of oath office. not voting means just the opposite……… there.

  • Merl Elton

    Merl Elton says:
    November 11, 2012 at 5:13 pm
    Sadly, the electorate has changed, permanently.The old school far-right Republicans are dying out. Women and minorities determine who is elected in this country–not whites, who by the way did not turn out; and did not believe that Hispanics, Blacks, and Women would turn out in far greater numbers, as they will in every election. Whites and conservatives got complacent and did not coalesce around Romney. However, Romney could have won despite the odds, if he had done the following: Never said he did not care about the 47%; never said he was against family planning; never told illegals to self deport; never told Ohio that he did not support the auto bailout; never selected Ryan as a running mate; hammered Aiken and other far-right idiots for their” killing” comments about women and rape–Romeny let his far-right base do him. Liberals delighted in watching Republicans eat their own. Libs are lapping up Rep tears with glee. Romney should have laid out a definite plan for creating jobs. He lost because he did not fight like hell against the Dems charge that “he (Romney) looks like the guy who fired you.” He also lost because he did not fight light a tiger against Obama in the last debate by going after him about Bengzhi, etc; and by jumping around about foreign policy and not being more knowledgeable about foreign policy. Romney lost because he could not aggressively sell America that he would be the better choice and would create jobs and grow the economy and help all Americans. He should have waited 4 more years to run,because beating a very popular, well-liked incumbent is nearly impossible no matter how great your campaign. Bad judgement on Romney’s part. So bad, that it seems that he intentionally wanted to lose.
    Although, Romney had class and looked wonderfully presidential, he did not deserve election because he showed poor judgement by his actions and decisions and timidity against Obama in the debates. Obama is a very smart, very tough guy and Romney was not prepared for him and his dirty, street-smart and ruthless political machine. Obama does not play nice and is the nastiest politician when necessary. Romney should have counter punched much more effectively. He underestimated Obama who played weak in the first debate. If Republicans ever hope to win, they must develop a way to reach out to others who are not like them. They must work out a fair and humane immigration policy while enacting border control. For example, immigrants must serve in the military; go to college, develop needed skills, not commit felonies, and live here and be good citizens for 12 years or leave; that will narrow the field. Sadly, Obama will grant blanket amnesty. Sadly, that is why more conservative Replicans should have been intelligent enough to side with Romney even if he was too moderate because they could have pushed him to the right later on. We must control the numbers who come into this country if we are to have enough jobs for everyone; especially in this economy. Sadly, no one in office seems to have a spine anymore and our leaders are too timid and weak to stand up for and do what is right. They allow themselves to be bludgeoned by the charge of hatred and racism and that is what is also destroying our country and that must also stop.There is no longer any strong leadership and our “leaders” worry more about their careers than their constituencies.


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