Boston Globe: What’s Trump’s think tank? Try internet message boards. “Understanding the ecosystem of non-mainstream, pro-Trump media is critical to a fuller understanding of the Trump presidency itself. This alternative media, nicknamed the ‘alt-media,’ can often be a sign post for where Trump is going, a predictor for a seemingly unpredictable president. No matter how true, misleading, or based in derogatory stereotypes its claims are, the information touted by the alt-media’s most prominent members has consistently bubbled up from anonymous Internet forums to the president’s speeches, policies, and tweets.” I think this is important because there are fewer and fewer search tools for Internet discussion forums, and the way they’re indexed by search engines is not often discussed.