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Denmark has subsidized child care; Denmark does not have free child care. After the subsidy, average child care costs are slightly less than the average price in the U.S.
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- Occupy Democrats issued propaganda posters in 2015 proclaiming that in spite of a $15 minimum wage, Seattle’s unemployment has gone down and restaurants are booming,
- But the $15 wage does not take effect until 3 to 7 years into the future.
- This linkage is a logical fallacy.
Poster 2 Source: Occupy Democrats. Shared over 28,000 times.
There is no connection between a $15 minimum wage and Seattle restaurants or unemployment in 2015 because there is not yet a $15 minimum wage.
The $15 minimum wage in Seattle will kick in gradually over a period of 3 to 7 years, depending on the type of employer.
The “spiral of silence” is a well-researched phenomenon in which people suppress unpopular opinions to fit in and avoid social isolation. It has been looked at in the context of social media and the echo-chamber effect, in which we tailor our opinions to fit the online activity of our Facebook and Twitter friends.
Source: Mass surveillance silences minority opinions, according to study – The Washington Post
Rather than increasing perspectives, social media naturally enforces a conformity in ideas, in order that people avoid feeling like outcasts. Consider this in terms of social media propaganda: if your news feed is filled with propaganda posters expressing group beliefs (even when factually or logically wrong), you will be less likely to express alternative beliefs (even when factually or logically correct). In this way, social media propaganda not only serves to further an organization’s agenda but acts to suppress dissent.
This concept is not new. When I was in elementary school, decades ago, a friend used to get a group of kids together and then go up to an unsuspecting kid and tell a “joke” that made no sense and was not funny. But all the kids who were “in” on the deal would break out laughing – as would the unsuspecting target who succumbed to instant peer group pressure. Social media is the same idea, but on a global scale.
- Fake news is a profitable industry. More on that in a previous post.
- Fakes news that goes viral, generates lots of ad views; and it is not just The Onion.
- Social media sharing makes this possible. And makes propaganda sharing even easier.
Fake news is, incidentally, a relatively new addition to the media landscape. The Internet’s always teemed with rumors and scams, of course. But the fake news industry — a crop of Web sites dedicated solely to passing off fact as fiction, for the resulting ad revenue — has only exploded within the past two years. National Report was registered in February 2013, and is now so successful that it’s planning an empire of five more fake-news sites.
Source: This is not an interview with Banksy – The Washington Post