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Month: June 2017

Much social media “influencers” content is ghost written and fictional

Much social media “influencers” content is ghost written and fictional

Everything is fake on social media: Ghostwriting for social media stars is the secret new Millennial It-career. Source: Which Internet Influencers Use Ghostwriters? – Ghostwriting Secrets of Internet Influencers Read the whole thing – including the biography of a teen Instagram star written by an author who had to create a nearly entirely fictional account of the background of this teen social media “star”.

Did social media propaganda play a role in shooting?

Did social media propaganda play a role in shooting?

This blog has extensively documented the use of propaganda methods to deliver propaganda messaging on social media web services such as Facebook. A 66 year old attempted to assassinate members of Congress. According to media reports, he belongs to a number of propaganda-based social media groups: Hodgkinson is a member of a number of anti-Republican groups on Facebook, including one called ▪“Terminate the Republican Party.” ▪ “The Road to Hell is Paved with Republicans” ▪ “Donald Trump is not my…

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Media priorities driven by conflict and ratings (“clicks”)

Media priorities driven by conflict and ratings (“clicks”)

In media, propaganda and advertising it’s all about “emotional jolts per minute”. The media provides “celebrity-like” coverage of political personalities but seldom does serious policy reporting. This problem is pervasive in political coverage but even rears up in coverage of health, science, business and technology. Personalities, and especially those that generate “emotional jolts per minute”, are the focus of reporting – not serious analysis or policy understanding. ●Do news sites give serious, sustained attention to policy issues as well as…

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Weaponizing Twitter and other social media for political propaganda

Weaponizing Twitter and other social media for political propaganda

A GOP donor who once had ties to IBM is the man behind the millions of Twitter bots President Trump counts on as followers who could be employed to target voters with misleading or fake news on social media. Using “bots” to target social media users with propaganda is presented in the story as a possibility. But its already a reality. “You have arbitrary and ridiculous information spread very quickly, and now to targeted user more susceptible to believing it…

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Media bias / fact check “media bias resource” web site

Media bias / fact check “media bias resource” web site

QUESTIONABLE SOURCE A questionable source exhibits any of the following: extreme bias, overt propaganda, poor or no sourcing to credible information and/or is fake news. Source: Media Bias/Fact Checking Ran across this web site inadvertently. You can look up a very large number of publishers, news services, social media fake news websites and more, and see where they score in their bias.

Using Questionable Statistics to Drive Up Wedding Costs?

Using Questionable Statistics to Drive Up Wedding Costs?

What is the claimed average cost of a wedding in the U.S.? $35,329 in 2016, says “The Knot” (not including costs of a honeymoon trip). More on their press release. This value is *widely* distributed in the media, on social media, and in online forums. Other estimates come from Conde Nast Bridal Infobank and The Fairchild Bridal Group. How can an average wedding cost $35,329 when 62% of American have less than $1,000 in their savings account and only 10-20% have…

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Fictional headlines equal fake news

Fictional headlines equal fake news

Actual Headlines: Woman ‘distracted by cellphone’ falls headfirst into open cellar door Legally blind woman falls into sidewalk opening Woman stable after fall through Plainfield sidewalk door Woman plunges down open cellar door Woman who fell into basement legally blind, says son Those are actual headlines for the same event. Which headline packs the emotional hook that gets people sharing a story on social media about a dumb woman distracted by a cell phone? The first is from the Washington…

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Using “need for approval” to manipulate people on social media

Using “need for approval” to manipulate people on social media

Humans have a natural need for approval, and this is most evident on social media. People don’t spend hours on these social networks posting both personal and public status updates, pictures, videos, etc. for the heck of it. They do it for the attention! They want to appear happier, healthier, wealthier, funnier, smarter, etc. and for everyone to adore them for it. Which is why those of us who market on social media need to learn how to utilize it!…

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The remarkable power of propaganda

The remarkable power of propaganda

I just scanned Twitter for items about the Affordable Care Act. I estimate 99% of the Tweets were lies, contained significant errors, left out key information, or significantly exaggerated points. This included linked news stories at main stream news services such as the Los Angeles Times and NPR and others, which contained significant inaccuracies or left out crucial information and data that refuted the thrust of the article. How many read the ACA? Probably a number approaching zero. How many…

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Should you make political posts on Facebook? No, you should not.

Should you make political posts on Facebook? No, you should not.

This is a MUST READ item – see the link below. Should you share political posts? The first question you should ask before sharing anything to social media, political posts in particular, is “Why? “Why are you sharing this post? What do you hope to accomplish?” We sometimes think that our Facebook shares are so brilliant, insightful, and righteous that people of opposing opinions can’t help but be swayed and won over by our argument. Nothing could be further from…

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Visa applicants to US must turn over all social media account IDs for past 5 years

Visa applicants to US must turn over all social media account IDs for past 5 years

The US government announced today that applicants requiring a visa to enter the U.S. must turn over All social media account IDs used during the past 5 years, even if since deleted. All names, phone numbers and email address of yourself, your siblings (including adult siblings!) and children used during the past 5 years. Detailed 15 year biography, including identifying each country you may have visited, when you visited, and how your trip was funded. Failure to provide accurate information…

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Social media and the Paris Climate Agreement

Social media and the Paris Climate Agreement

In the past couple of hours, my social media feeds have *exploded* with loudly expressed perspectives on the Paris Climate Agreement. How many of those expressing a perspective have read the Agreement? I am guessing that is a number approaching zero. The agreement is short, as far as government documents go, and you can read it for yourself here. What does the Paris Climate Agreement actually do? Read the text for yourself. It is a voluntary set of guidelines, with…

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