Reporter and their layers and layers of fact checkers, misquotes a Kaiser Family Foundation study by a factor of 1,000 – changing MILLIONS to BILLIONS. The only appropriate word for this is idiocy.
There are many news reports about a growing “epidemic” of transgender murders in the United States. However, the data show a nearly constant trend line from 2015 to 2019. Further, the transgender murder rate, based on the data, is 1/4th to 1/2 that of the overall U.S. population. (It is possible that the underlying data is poor, which the Human Rights Campaign hypothesizes – but news reports calling out an epidemic in the absence of data to support that are not even pseudo news reporting – they are creative fiction writing.)
All murders are wrong, period. Violence and hate are wrong, period.
This post is about news reporting, not the transgender community.
Cambridge Analytica tested their propaganda algorithms in smaller social media market countries before unleashing their propaganda campaigns in target countries such as the United States. This enabled CA to optimize their propaganda messaging and targeting to obtain the greatest effectiveness.
Social media is filled with “inspirational quotes” that are often nonsensical gibberish, or as one professor suggests “pseudo profound bullshit” 🙂
Advocacy journalism is a fancy way of saying we like producing propaganda news articles intended to persuade you to adopt our agenda, sometimes with the implied subtext “because we are smarter than you and know what is best”.
No kidding: “America and its young people live in an age of near-constant bad news. OregonLive, like other news websites, is replete with headlines that stoke young people’s existential fears: stories highlighting climate change, mass shootings, political hate and the like.”
We actually live in the best of times with plummeting global poverty and illiteracy rates, rising incomes and middle income lifestyles that exceed the super wealthy of just 100 years ago. In the U.S., crime, including violent crime, is in a long term declining trend. But you probably do not know this because of the media’s focus on gloom and doom.
News and social media are literally killing our youth via increasing suicide rates as they are flooded with unnecessary fear mongering. The constant negativity is damaging – yet the media will continue down this path even while acknowledging their own role.
Twitter has begun to apply its policies selectively. Some people’s tweets will be censored while the same thing said by an influential person will not be censored. In their view, reporters, even if wrong, “may be allowed to tweet things” that others will be prohibited from tweeting.
Leaders “lead” via anecdotal stories and ignore the actual data. The result is government programs (and propaganda campaigns) to fix things that are actually getting better, often vastly better. These false statements from “leaders” then get amplified on social media by the statistical illiterate. Propaganda has never had a greater opportunity to control others than in today’s word of social media amplification!
The number of downloads of the Facebook and Instagram apps have declined, year over year. Other social media apps are not seeing this year over year reduction in installs.
Many studies have found that the “news” is mostly negative, and many studies have also found that news consumers seem to desire negative news. A new study found this is true across 17 countries and is not relegated just to the U.S. or certain European news outlets. A corollary hypothesis is that with the advent of online news and counting of clicks, news editors are aware that negative news sells and hence, choose to deliver more negative news today.
Being “pretty” has tremendous advantages for those who leverage social media. The “pretty privilege” concept is seldom discussed yet plays a critical role in who is followed and liked on social media.
Lacking sufficient real news for web saturation news or 24×7 cable news, local school yard skirmishes are frequently blown up into national incidents by the pseudo news media. We’ve talked about this before.
Instagram intentionally makes it very difficult to upload photos from a PC. Instagram wants everything to be smartphone-centric. Many people use a variety of tricks to get around this upload problem including processing photos on their PC or Mac and then transferring them to their phone or tablet for upload using the Instagram app.
Because of this (dumb) limitation of Instagram, users wanted an easy way to upload photos from their PC. A malware company developed Gramblr as an easy way to upload from your PC. Their software was very sophisticated on many levels, one of which was that it secretly viewed Youtube videos behind the scenes each time you upload a photo to Instagram. Their business model was to sell Youtube video views and likes, and to deliver those views through the Gramblr bot net.
As of the summer of 2019, Gramblr has disappeared and their website is gone. The Gramblr botnet has been shut down (or at least no new users will get infected).
Youtube has begun flagging videos on selected topics and displays a fairly large banner with a quote from Wikipedia – just in case the video does not meet Google’s own definitions of truthiness. Or something. It’s kinda weird since they use Wikipedia – the encyclopedia that anyone can and does edit – as the source of truth.