Social media usage in the United States has skyrocketed in the past two decades. According to data from the Pew Research Center, in 2005 only 5% of U.S. adults claimed to have used at least one social networking site. In 2021, that number has risen to 72% of the U.S. adult population (Pew Research Center, 2021). Although social media adoption numbers have remained stagnant in recent years due to high market saturation, almost every American is on or knows someone else who is on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any number of big social networking sites.

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2018 was a rough year for French president Emmanuel Macron, too say the least. Fighting opposition from long-time rivals, the streets, and even his members of his fledgling La République En Marche! (LaREM) movement, both French and international media are increasingly highlighting doubt in Macron’s leadership. A man know for his “victory” against populism in 2017 now faces off against Europe’s strongest populist movements in decades. However, behind the protests and outcry, his government continues to legislate in France, passing laws that were at the core of his presidential platform. …

Graham Diedrich

Graham Diedrich is a graduate student at Michigan State University pursuing a Master of Public Policy degree.

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