Blog Post 4: Historical Remix

The Spanish American War is often referred to as the first media war by many historians. This came as a result of the rise of yellow journalism, news categorized by sensationalism and often hyperbolized statements. Yellow journalism often shoulders the blame for pushing the United States into war with Spain, and a particularly powerful moment was the explosion of the USS Maine on the 15th of February, 1898. In this blog post I will be showing what this event might look like in the modern age of Twitter. As discussed in class and in the article Facebook Broke Democracy, but the Fix Is Harder Than People Realize headlines online are often misleading and originate from unreliable sources much like the yellow journalism of the late 19th century.

February 15th, 1898

@NewYorkJournal: THE USS MAINE HAS EXPLODED IN HAVANA HARBOR! 268 MEN KILLED! US GOVERNMENT SUSPECTS SPANISH TREACHERY!

March 28th, 1898

@US_NavalCourt_of_Inquiry: The USS Maine was destroyed by a submerged mine.

@NewYorkJournal: THE SPANISH SUNK THE USS MAINE! THE US NAVAL COURT OF INQUIRY CONFIRMED IT! WE WANT WAR! WAR! WAR! WAR! WAR!

April 25th, 1898

@POTUS: The United States has declared war on Spain and we plan to liberate Cuba.

@NewYorkJournal: US VS. SPAIN, WE ARE ABOUT TO KNOCK THEM BACK INTO THE DARK AGES! USA! USA! USA! USA! USA!

 

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