A Profile of Dave Pell
A Writer of NextDraft, a Daily Internet News Summary
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Dave Pell, a newcomer on the Medium platform of only a month who already has a distinct profile and perspective on technology and its influence on lives whether it be day to day news in politics or tech initiatives to help better humanity. Dave delivers short snippets of news involving the social media sphere. Such as this post below:
If you want to help people in crisis, you have to reach them where they are.medium.com
Here he talks of Facebook’s initiatives to create suicide prevention tools in its app. The aim of this post is to relieve the stigma that surrounds depression, explaining it is a much more widespread phenomenon than believed. Pell explains that depression is an issue that needs to be talked about openly. Refusal to accept depression as a part of life causes isolation and makes people feel alone when they’re not, in some instances leading to suicide. Pell explains that by integrating suicide hotlines within popular apps like Facebook, people won’t feel that isolation.
Although this was one of the more thoughtful and touching blogs of Pell’s, his method to establishing authority is still the same as his political blogs. He presents concrete information or news, something that people can see in their own newsfeeds. Then he offers his own opinion on the matter, supplemented with information on the subject that may not be common knowledge.
Authority is also something Pell discusses a great deal. The looming question throughout his posts involve authority as a whole in the media realm. Who is credible in the age of fake news? Pell offers a variety of interesting arguments for this such as the ones below, pairing mainstream media headlines with the current actions of our president including the Muslim Ban, Budget Reform, and stances on torture and abortion.
This post is where Pell gets creative with format. The blog is organized in a list, pretty straightforward and mimicking a newsfeed. Pell then alternates bullet points with real events as well as sarcastic events that never happened. For example:
- Kiss up to Russia. Piss off your neighbors in Mexico. Suggest that they’ll pay for the wall via a tax that would actually be paid by American consumers (The Art of the Deal, eh?). Then smooth things out with a call with Peña Nieto that reportedly lasted an hour. Nieto should get Presidential Medal of Freedom just for being able to stay on the phone that long. Can you imagine how many times he had to hear the words total disaster? Just to fuck with Trump, I hope the Mexican President called collect.
- At one point during the crisis, Trump angrily threw all his toys into Mexico.
Although he alternates real with fake, he uses sarcasm to deliver both, and it works pretty well, visually and rhetorically.
The topics are typically political, there are instances where Pell steps back and takes on lighthearted subjects such as celebrity deaths and meme culture. The posts are frequent and typically every 2–3 days. The voice is sarcastic and engaging but contains accurate percentages derived from a variety of sources.
Overall, Pell has taken on a growing audience scorned by the 2016 presidential election. Although he’s a newcomer as of March 2017, he’s active in staying up to date on politics and what that means for contemporary culture by addressing issues of media dishonesty while still finding lighthearted moments that aren’t political.