The period immediately after the 2016 presidential election has seen a flurry of reports and think pieces analysing what exactly led to Donald Trump’s triumph. At the heart of these discussions is the ‘alt-right’, but who are the people behind this group? What do they believe and why do they believe it?
If Faisal Islam, Ralph Keyes and the New York Times are to be believed, the Trump candidacy and the vote for Brexit show we've entered a post-truth era – a world where emotion and populism win out over facts and experts. But is it true? And do emotional appeals really trump facts and figures?
Trump’s Presidential win left half the world aghast, and the other half saying ‘I told you so’, raising all kinds of questions about the flow of information online. And it's led to a call for social platforms and media outlets to take some responsibility. But is it too little, too late?
As many as 28% of Americans would consider moving to Canada rather than remain a US citizen under the dictate of Donald Trump. Air Canada has pounced on this opportunity to sell flights to America’s northern neighbour. But should brands really delve into political discussions?
According to the world of online dating, coming across as an arse to some can make others love you more. If having haters makes those who like you like you all the more, does the same psychology apply to our relationships with brands? And does it actually pay for a brand to rub part of its audience up the wrong way?
Teen Vogue is blurring the divide between women’s issues and national issues, having turned heads with a piece of political commentary. As people tire of a male-dominated journalism industry, women’s magazines are questioning why they should leave such subjects to their male counterparts.
Halal products – from cosmetics to food – are emerging into the mainstream. So the appearance of a ‘Birchbox for Muslim women’ from US-based Muslim Girl makes perfect sense. But the debut box is offering more than make-up – it also comes with post-election pepper spray.
In a year marked by political events that featured overtones of anti-immigration sentiment – from Donald Trump's call to build a US/Mexico wall to the result of the EU referendum – Dictionary.com has reflected 2016 back to society with its choice for word of the year: xenophobia.
Would-be president Donald Trump might think of himself as an astute businessman, but when he described Mexican immigrants as drug dealers and rapists he wasn’t just being racist, but fiscally reckless. A string of Latino businesses have cut ties with the billionaire magnate in response.