Social media stars have been paid – quite well – to secretly promote various brands and products. Source: FTC spanks Warner Brothers for failure to disclose social influencer payments | The Blog Box Social media is THE platform for all forms of propaganda!
This chart appeared on a blog post saying auto sales are “down again” and this should worry us about a recession. See that blue arrow at the right? Looks horrible!!!! But this chart design is a real mess. First, the blue arrow anchors our view on the blue line and its downturn at the right. But the real chart is the harder to see gray column chart. Column charts are a *terrible* way to show a trend – line charts…
Scary to think about considering the high degree of manipulative propaganda techniques applied and shared on social media: “Nearly half of US adults get news from Facebook, according to a Pew Research Center study conducted this year.” Source: In matters of life and death, how should Facebook decide what you see?
Each of the following widely publicized statements about the Affordable Care Act are not true: HealthCare.gov’s web site problems were just a glitch “70% of consumers are receiving a subsidy” “The Bronze plan covers 60% of expenses” “The average cost of a Silver plan for a 40 year old is…” “People’s policies were canceled because they were junk policies” What they all have in common is the power of propaganda messaging to spin a story, typically for political purposes.