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Month: November 2016

Too complicated, TL;DR. Way too detailed.

Too complicated, TL;DR. Way too detailed.

TL; DR Summary If you need to spend more than 5-10 seconds to gather the propaganda message, then the message is a failure. This poster is a big failure. This poster originates from a right-wing leaning group. It’s propaganda method is basically to present lots of facts. In terms of effectiveness, this poster is awful. Far too detailed, far too complex, way too much tiny print. Nearly impossible to figure out the message.

Did the Washington Post publish a fake news report about fake news? The Intercept says yes.

Did the Washington Post publish a fake news report about fake news? The Intercept says yes.

With the help of uncritical journalists, a story about “fake news” ended up disseminating far more than it exposed. Source: Washington Post Disgracefully Promotes a McCarthyite Blacklist From a New, Hidden, and Very Shady Group The Intercept (and others) allege the Washington Post published a fake news story based on anonymous sources and lobbyists, making assertions and allegations without supporting evidence. The WaPo story reads like fake news stories prevalent on social media, typically based on allegations sourced from flimsy…

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Celebrity endorsement: And it is even true!

Celebrity endorsement: And it is even true!

TL;DR Summary Celebrity endorsement and Testimonial. This quote is true. How well this poster was shared is unknown. The quote was contained in Lincoln’s first State of the Union speech, both in terms of concern over the potential concentration of wealth (Lincoln had been a lawyer that defended the rapidly growing railroad industry), but also in terms of capital being used to own labor (as in slaves), as well as to hire. His point was that labor comes first to…

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Excessively complex, too much detail for effective propaganda

Excessively complex, too much detail for effective propaganda

TL;DR Summary This is an example of a poorly designed social media propaganda poster In terms of design, it is complex and no one is making eye contact with the viewer. It takes too much time to understand what it is about and what it is trying to say. .There are enough details that it likely engages (Kahneman’s) System 2 thinking rather than the quick, intuitive, gut-level response of System 1. Propaganda works best when quickly invoking a System 1…

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Partial truth is secret to successful propaganda

Partial truth is secret to successful propaganda

TL;DR Summary Testimonial from unknown (or “ordinary”) person in Belgium Half true, half logical fallacy. Works in part, on the basis of “What you see is all there is”. Belgium really does have “automatic wage indexation” that requires wages to be adjusted to the “retail price index” cost of living calculation. Belgium and Luxembourg are the only countries in Europe that have this policy. Thus, “This is the opposite of America” is true, but it is also true for Europe…

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Everything is now fake news with emotions

Everything is now fake news with emotions

What media consumers reward outlets for are rarely deeply reported stories on matters related to consequential items of public policy. What takes off are emotionally stimulating stories that don’t require of their readers any background knowledge to fully understand them and to opine on them. Source: The Scourge of Dumb News | commentary Social media’s penchant for quick, emotionally outraged responses merely amplifies what the professional media does every day. During the past 10 months, our local newspaper features an…

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Clickbait, fake news and the power of feeling

Clickbait, fake news and the power of feeling

The story linked below is an excellent report – real journalism – about the linkage between fake news as click-bait and the targeting of our emotions: Sentiment analysis can’t be used to show whether news is true or false, but it does show the way headline writers, like marketers, manipulate our emotions to inspire us to click, like or share a story. Source: Clickbait, fake news and the power of feeling Read the whole article – it is spot on.

Did “Fake News” have an impact or is this just propaganda too?

Did “Fake News” have an impact or is this just propaganda too?

I prefer propaganda to describe the use of propaganda methods to influence others to adopt ones agenda. “Fake news”, however, describes a form of propaganda that grew rapidly in 2016. “Fake news” are stories produced to emotionally target selected groups in to an “outrage” response. They quickly Like and Share these fake stories, which ultimately generates clicks for selling advertising. Fake news has been around for  years; Facebook itself noted that “fake news” was becoming a problem back in 2014. Our blog…

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Turn off the news

Turn off the news

“…viewers think that staying informed and ‘reacting’ to the news is a form of participation (helping their favorite causes, teams or stocks) and elites have taken it for granted that media narratives are a window into the people’s will. But is it? When news sites deliberately create and cultivate outrage to get clicks, is what people are pissed off about online really an indicator of anything? Do you really care about half the things you share on social media…?” Source:…

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20%-40% of partisan FB “fake news” posts are false

20%-40% of partisan FB “fake news” posts are false

Our analysis of three hyperpartisan right-wing Facebook pages found that 38% of all posts were either a mixture of true and false or mostly false, compared to 19% of posts from three hyperpartisan left-wing pages that were either a mixture of true and false or mostly false. The right-wing pages are among the forces — perhaps as potent as the cable news shows that have gotten far more attention — that helped fuel the rise of Donald Trump. These pages,…

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“Click Bait” “fake news” operation employs 11 writers

“Click Bait” “fake news” operation employs 11 writers

These fake news sites are apparently more profitable than “real news” web sites. One of the websites that ended up on a widely-shared list of “fake news” purveyors is run out of a house in Seattle. Source: Seattle’s own ‘click-bait’ news site serves up red meat for liberals And employs 11 writers and makes tons of money. As we have been saying, for profit, social media-based, emotionally laden publishing has been around a long time and crosses the full political…

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Fake Facebook News Sites to Avoid

Fake Facebook News Sites to Avoid

Yet another observation as to how to recognize emotion-targeting propaganda on Facebook. This observation comes from New York Magazine: If the story makes you REALLY ANGRY it’s probably a good idea to keep reading about the topic via other sources to make sure the story you read wasn’t purposefully trying to make you angry (with potentially misleading or false information) in order to generate shares and ad revenue. Source: Fake Facebook News Sites to Avoid Spot on!

Facebook’s problem is more complicated than fake news

Facebook’s problem is more complicated than fake news

The following analysis points to the high emotional content of posts on Facebook: These two factors – the way that anger can spread over Facebook’s social networks, and how those networks can make individuals’ political identity more central to who they are – likely explain Facebook users’ inaccurate beliefs more effectively than the so-called filter bubble. If this is true, then we have a serious challenge ahead of us. Facebook will likely be convinced to change its filtering algorithm to…

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NPR says Facebook’s global censorship operation is a disaster

NPR says Facebook’s global censorship operation is a disaster

Facebook employs thousands of contractors, mostly overseas, who are tasked with evaluating posts at the rate of one every ten seconds. At such a rate, the contractors make frequent errors in judgement. The Facebook chief has an army of subcontractors making editorial judgments about millions of pieces of content — like a media company. But the rules they operate by are complex and contradictory. Source: From Hate Speech To Fake News: The Facebook Content Crisis Facing Mark Zuckerberg : All…

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