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Month: February 2017

Oroville Dam emergency turns in to social media political propaganda opportunity

Oroville Dam emergency turns in to social media political propaganda opportunity

Just hours after a mass evacuation order was given, the emergency in Northern California turned social media into its usual outrage culture filled with political propaganda. This event has provided a real time illustration of the way that social media is collapsing in on itself. The first and third comments in this screen capture illustrate both sides:           Water scientist Peter Gleick says he cannot tell which is worse: “gloating comments” on social media might be…

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APA sees sharp rise in anxiety among Americans-why? Social media?

APA sees sharp rise in anxiety among Americans-why? Social media?

“The results of the January 2017 poll show a statistically significant increase in stress for the first time since the survey was first conducted in 2007,” the APA said on Wednesday in a report on the survey of 1,019 adults living in the U.S., conducted from Jan. 5 to Jan. 19 by Harris Poll. …. “I don’t think it can be just be boiled down to the side that won vs. the side that didn’t,” Wright said. “There is something going…

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Propaganda: Want to Make a Lie Seem True?

Propaganda: Want to Make a Lie Seem True?

Lies can be made to seem true when they are repeatedly told, over and over and over again. Repetition is what makes fake news work, too, as researchers at Central Washington University pointed out in a study way back in 2012 before the term was everywhere. It’s also a staple of political propaganda. It’s why flacks feed politicians and CEOs sound bites that they can say over and over again. …. The effect works because when people attempt to assess…

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Many are taking notice of “angry, bitter” posts filling our social media

Many are taking notice of “angry, bitter” posts filling our social media

Starting with last year’s election and spilling over into these first weeks of President Trump’s presidency, the rioting and looting on social media continue. My Facebook feed is being fed by angry, bitter and sarcastic posts from both sides of the issues. Source: Social Media 101 for Christians – Victoria Advocate – Victoria, TX And, The best way to let your faith show and shine on social media is by sharing the good things God has done for you personally,…

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Many are taking notice of "angry, bitter" posts filling our social media

Many are taking notice of "angry, bitter" posts filling our social media

Starting with last year’s election and spilling over into these first weeks of President Trump’s presidency, the rioting and looting on social media continue. My Facebook feed is being fed by angry, bitter and sarcastic posts from both sides of the issues. Source: Social Media 101 for Christians – Victoria Advocate – Victoria, TX And, The best way to let your faith show and shine on social media is by sharing the good things God has done for you personally,…

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How social media propaganda inflames our emotions

How social media propaganda inflames our emotions

Social media: “It’s the polarization of America based on fleeting statements without substance,” Flores said. Much of social media can be described as “fleeting statements without substance,” I say, prompting reactionary responses such as anger and frustration. It’s a digital world where silence can be perceived as consent, and opinions can be perceived as facts. Source: Has social media rewired our political impressions? – Post-Tribune That’s right – if you did not Like, then you obviously disagree! Having recently cut…

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35% of college admissions staff check college applicants’ public social media posts

35% of college admissions staff check college applicants’ public social media posts

New data from Kaplan Test Prep say admissions officers do look at accounts. Source: Colleges Really Are Looking at Your Social Media Accounts | Best Colleges | US News And what they find can improve admission chances – or rejection. The key takeaway: “College applicants need to be aware of what others can find about them on social networks and make sure it reflects well on them,” said Alpher. “For better or worse, social media has become an established factor…

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35% of college admissions staff check college applicants' public social media posts

35% of college admissions staff check college applicants' public social media posts

New data from Kaplan Test Prep say admissions officers do look at accounts. Source: Colleges Really Are Looking at Your Social Media Accounts | Best Colleges | US News And what they find can improve admission chances – or rejection. The key takeaway: “College applicants need to be aware of what others can find about them on social networks and make sure it reflects well on them,” said Alpher. “For better or worse, social media has become an established factor…

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Facebook’s outrage culture is killing Facebook

Facebook’s outrage culture is killing Facebook

Social media in the age of Trump presents us with two opposite dangers: a quantum increase in our political anxiety, and a gradual numbing of our political attention. …. Now the dark side of Facebook and so many other online communities is the relentless diet of online rage and political panic. Every re-post is a new call to arms, a new case for upheaval, a moment of mutiny. Calls for revolution are ubiquitous…. No doubt America’s army of therapists will…

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Facebook's outrage culture is killing Facebook

Facebook's outrage culture is killing Facebook

Social media in the age of Trump presents us with two opposite dangers: a quantum increase in our political anxiety, and a gradual numbing of our political attention. …. Now the dark side of Facebook and so many other online communities is the relentless diet of online rage and political panic. Every re-post is a new call to arms, a new case for upheaval, a moment of mutiny. Calls for revolution are ubiquitous…. No doubt America’s army of therapists will…

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