When someone tries to persuade you of something that is not actually true, and the persuader knows it is not true, then the persuader is engaged in manipulation – versus argument or discussion.
FakeSpot thinks about 1/3d of online reviews are fake although major online vendors dispute that allegation. However, there are numerous ways that vendors have manipulated the online review process to add good reviews for their products and bad reviews for competitors.
With Michael Bloomberg running for President, Bloomberg News says it will only do investigative reports on non-Democratic Party candidates, due to its conflict of interests. What? Bloomberg News is delivering an in-kind public relations/propaganda donation to Bloomberg and his party. The proper response would be to refrain from covering any aspects of the Presidential campaigns.
How did dark chocolate become a health food in the United States? Industry funded studies finding obscure benefits were then touted by press release, then rewritten into health food stories by news reporters. It’s been a highly successful propaganda campaign that turned high fat, high sugar foods into health foods (contrary to the earlier meme that high fat and sugar foods are bad for us).
We all have “frames” of reference that describe various life scenarios. When we walk into a restaurant we have a “frame” that pretty much explains how we expect the restaurant experience to go. We each carry around a lot of subconscious “frames” about how we think the world works. Effective propaganda messaging links to the frames we expect the target to already have. This is not all that surprising but what is old is now new again 🙂
Ex head of Facebook’s election integrity program says Facebook is just an information warfare tool. Which is true and has been since the beginning as their sole business is to sell influence via their ad network.
TWTR’s share price falls over 20%. And study finds that 6% of Twitter’s adult users account for 73% of all political tweets, which tend towards hostile negativity.
A majority of online influencer accounts on Instagram appear to use fraud to inflate their number of followers, says a survey firm.
Twitter routinely gives free advertising to political candidates. Take a look at what they are doing.
Politician didn’t know that advertising is propaganda. Funny!