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Time's 'Person of the Year' sparks social media brawl

Social Cues: Also trending on social media are the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack and an update to Pokemon Go.

President-elect Donald Trump is 2016's Person of the Year. Social media has a few thoughts on that.

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The "Person of the Year" is boiling on social media.

This morning, Facebook and Twitter feel like the family dinner that turns to chaos the moment someone brings up politics. Time Magazine has selected Donald Trump as 2016's Person of the Year. US presidents have been a fixture of the feature since it began, but that hasn't stopped Trump's opponents from speaking out.

Social Cues is our guide to what's trending across social media. Here's what people are talking about this Wednesday:

Person of the Year: There really isn't a person who has defined 2016 more than Donald Trump, according to Time. Trump was selected "for framing tomorrow's political culture by demolishing yesterday's," Time explained. The president-elect joins the ranks of Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg and you, who have all won the accolade in recent years. On Twitter, people are pointing out that "Person of the Year" award in the past has gone to Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin and Ayatollah Khomeini. Trump's supporters congratulated the president-elect and poked holes in the comparisons, arguing that President Obama, Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi have made the same list.


Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day: December 7 marks the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack, a devastating sneak attack that launched the US into World War II. December 7, 1941, is a "date which will live in infamy," according to President Franklin D. Roosevelt's iconic speech. Thousands have turned to social media to show their respect to the Americans there that day. People are sharing photos from the attack, excerpts from FDR's speech and thoughts from Pearl Harbor survivors.

Indonesia: Nearly 100 people are dead after a massive earthquake in Indonesia. More than 244,000 tweets have sent prayers and thoughts to those affected by the quake and hopes for people's safety. Photos showing the devastation are also turning up on social media.


Pokemon Go: The latest update for Pokemon Go will arrive December 12, with fans on Facebook anticipating new Pokemon to catch and more PokeStops where players can stock up. The game, which was the monster hit of the summer, dominated social media during its rise and continues to pop up on Facebook's trending topics every time there's an update.

#In2017IWantTo: Let's get a jump start on New Year's resolutions. This hashtag is prompting people to tweet out their wishes for 2017, such as writing a book or buying a home. Some are still working on their goals from 2007, and others just want 2016 to end. In 2017, I want to find a way to have a bed with me at all times. A guy can dream.

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