Politics A computer screen with the U.S. presidential candidates on Twitter and Youtube

Published on October 11, 2016 | by Chantelle Ouano     Photography by Chantelle Ouano

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U.S. presidential election from an outside perspective

A Humber College political scientist compared the U.S. elections to a horse race.

Tyler Shipley, a professor of culture, society and commerce said that the media continuously builds up the anticipation of who is going to win. “The media really latches onto them,” he said.

Shipley also said that shows like Saturday Night Live and the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon make fun of Trump and Clinton all the time and the public gets pulled into it.

Shipley recognizes that the media’s emphasis on pop culture changes the way things are presented. He said that the importance of electoral cycles is often exaggerated.

“Pop culture emanates from the U.S., and Trump and Clinton are a part of pop culture right now,” Shipley said.

People from around the world join in on the conversation by voicing their opinions on social media.

Stiffra Armamento, a 4th year nursing student at Ryerson University, used Twitter as a platform to voice opinions and gather information about the U.S. presidential elections. She had been following along closely with the elections by reading up on articles and the candidates’ websites to understand their platforms.

The majority of her family members live in the U.S. and the outcome of the elections will affect her loved ones.

Armamento also said that she is more fascinated by politics in the U.S. than in Canada. She said it was because, “it’s more broadcasted to everyone around the world, whether you are in Canada or wherever.”

“The social climate in Canada isn’t as threatening or oppressive as in the U.S., so Canadians don’t have much to talk about during our own election season,” Armamento said.

The first U.S. presidential debate on Sept. 26, 2016 was projected to have an audience of 100 million, said Patrick Clifford a professor at the University of Guelph-Humber.

Clifford told his media studies students to tune into the debate and in class he referred to it as the “Super Bowl” because of the debate’s audience numbers. He said, “it was a big media event.”

Clifford also said that it’s important to know what’s going on in the U.S. because the position of president is one of the most powerful positions in the world.

The last presidential debate will be broadcast on Oct. 19 and the elections will be held on Nov. 8, 2016.

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