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The announcement of the election results on Nov 9th produced many powerful reactions: shock, anger, euphoria, resentment, disbelief, panic, fatalism, defiant optimism, to name a few. Many people of all party affiliations and nationalities took to platforms like Twitter and Facebook to chronicle their reactions, processing the news of Trump’s election on these sites as an urgent performance of civic connectivity. They documented their feelings and sought answers in real time. Yet, as millions of citizen-users broadcast their reactions across the hyperlinked networks and digital hubs, they exposed themselves to counterargument, reaction, disparagement, and a politics of moralizing that treated their very personal responses as politically correct or politically incorrect: We should come together, We should not come together. We should protest, we should not protest. We should accept the result; we should not accept the result. We should celebrate change. We should fear change. This is the end. This is not the end. Donald Trump is a fascist white supremacist. Donald Trump is none of those things. The exercise that we designed for the workshop was a playful, open, but critically oriented look at the politics of reaction, and what it means to declare that some reactions are preferable to others. This exercise we designed was a kind of meta-reaction, one that was architectured for you to use, cite, manipulate, and remix according to your own quest for answers, unasked questions, and evolving political commitments. We prepared several different types of materials, though all of them may be constructively thematised as a kind of reaction to Donald Trump’s election: some are excerpts from longfrom articles; others are memes of the alt-right, the Mexican polis, and liberals more generally; some are tweets; some are open letters; some are pamphlets; some are pictures. We have collated these remixed artefacts into a zine, which has historically always been associated with a politics of the abject, of protest, of transgression, of the margins. In this selection of texts featured here, there are layers of reaction built upon one another to evoke new questions and challenges. The responses consist of drawings, diagrams, scribbles, provocations and additions to the original texts. This is an open-ended project, a journalistic activity that simply asked you to record your impressions and to ask the question: What is to be done?


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#Trumpzine - a critical look at the politics of reaction  

The Departments of Comparative Literature and English at King's College London held a workshop shortly after the November 2016 presidential...

#Trumpzine - a critical look at the politics of reaction  

The Departments of Comparative Literature and English at King's College London held a workshop shortly after the November 2016 presidential...

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