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Month: July 2018

Media announces "fact free" reporting initiative

Media announces "fact free" reporting initiative

Tiny couple lives in 8 square foot trailer: The couple, both 30 at the time, decided to trade in their three-bedroom San Francisco home to take up residence in an 8-square-foot TAB Teardrop camper. Source: As millennials embrace RVs, next wave of travel trailers go hip | kgw.com The actual dimensions of the queen size bed inside are 31 square feet. Guess it’s like a Doctor WHO Tardis, bigger on the inside? Newsweek says Virgin Galactic space plane now travels…

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Bad week for Facebook and Twitter

Bad week for Facebook and Twitter

Facebook lost about $113 billion market capitalization this week (per news reports). Twitter share price also fell about -20%. One pundit on Twitter remarked that while government did nothing about Facebook’s privacy scandals, the free market itself just assessed a $100 billion fine on Facebook, of which about $16 billion came out of Mark Zuckerberg’s pocket.

Repeat after me: #Facebook is a global surveillance business

Repeat after me: #Facebook is a global surveillance business

Been saying this for a long: Facebook has long claimed that its mission is to develop social infrastructure and — *gag* — build community. That no longer passes the giggle test. What they really want to do is follow people around the Internet, collect and organize what they learn and sell that information to the highest bidder. Source: Wall Street finally taught Zuckerberg the lesson he deserved Their entire business is to create the world’s best propaganda platform through the…

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Mean world syndrome

Mean world syndrome

At a local comic con, of all places, a cosplayer and recent sociology graduate introduced me to the term “mean world syndrome”. Mean world syndrome is a term coined by George Gerbner to describe a phenomenon whereby violence-related content of mass media makes viewers believe that the world is more dangerous than it actually is. Source: Mean world syndrome – Wikipedia She says sociology, as a field, suffers from mean world syndrome as all they do today is study things…

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Update – "Average renter can’t afford their apartment"

Update – "Average renter can’t afford their apartment"

A few months ago, a news item spread saying that the “average renter” or “minimum wage renter” cannot afford a one bedroom apartment. But that is not what the study actually said. The study picked a price point equal to the 40th percentile of rental unit price distributions. In general, those earning a single minimum wage income are usually not able to afford a one bedroom apartment at the 40th percentile. They can afford lower cost units in the market below…

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Update: Polar bears, social media, and how our emotional response may have helped a PR stunt

Update: Polar bears, social media, and how our emotional response may have helped a PR stunt

Update: National Geographic has retracted the claims made about a widely viewed photo of a starving polar bear. The photos and video were seen by an estimated 2.5 billion people and purported to show the effects of climate change. NGeo has retracted the claim and the photographer admits they were seeking a photo to be used for propaganda messaging. Details are in our now updated original post: Polar bears, social media, and how our emotional response may have helped a…

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How legislators use propaganda methods to pass new laws

How legislators use propaganda methods to pass new laws

How propaganda techniques are used to promote legislation. In this case, a specific individual is highlighted to emotionally hook others into supporting the bill. Arguments for the first law were shaped by referring to it as “Max’s Law” to connect it to a specific individual. Arguments for the second law were shaped by referring to it as “Jenna’s Law”. The key technique is to personalize the topic to emotionally engage the target that needs persuading: legislators, and potentially lobbyists and…

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The sole business of Facebook is propaganda

The sole business of Facebook is propaganda

And it’s now starting to fail because people are no longer comfortable knowing they are handing over personal information “to those creating havoc and dissension”. Does the Facebook model work and can it be fixed? By design it’s a means for companies or individuals to direct targeted messages, videos, and news to people with particular beliefs and characteristics. That tool is available to pretty much anyone. Source: Facebook’s Stock Plunge Is a Catastrophe of Mark Zuckerberg’s Own Making | Trending

The Facebook advertising company continues to discriminate against workers based on their age and gender

The Facebook advertising company continues to discriminate against workers based on their age and gender

“Right now as we speak, Facebook is literally sending job ads that exclude people on the basis of their age,” he said. “It’s laudable that the AG has gotten Facebook to agree to some basic first steps, but this agreement really doesn’t do much more than what FB has agreed to do voluntarily.” The agreement also enables Facebook to continue doing ad discrimination on the basis of gender. Source: Facebook is now legally bound to stop advertisers from excluding people…

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