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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”.

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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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.

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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