“Fan-baiting” is said to be a movie marketing technique where studios intentionally create controversy about the plot, characters or casting for the purpose of creating outrage and social media discussions, thereby increasing publicity for the film.
Business news reporters, who generally do a good job, also admit they believe “unfavorable articles were more likely to attract readers”. The result, across all news media, is that the news focuses on negativity and what is perceived as wrong with the world. There is rarely, ever, good news. This results in entire societies living in an unnecessary culture of perpetual outrage, fear and anxiety. This is not healthy.
Employers and do monitor employees’ social media posts – and may use that information in consideration of firing.
In an inconsistent twist, Twitter staff are said to be distraught that Musk will undo censorship features they implemented (but denied they had implemented). What?
Twitter was just acquired by Elon Musk. The company, fearful of retribution by staff, has locked down the source code to prevent sabotage by employees. What does that say about the company culture?
In missing person case after case, the media provides saturation coverage – but only if the victim is an attractive, young, blue-eyed blonde woman. The inherent racism and sexism of media news directors is astounding.
Restaurants use an arsenal of manipulation techniques to encourage you to purchase higher profit items, and even to eat food faster so they can turn around the table to another customer, more quickly.
The AP accepted an $8 million grant from climate change organizations and is using the grant to pay for 20 new staff members. 50 AP staff members are now paid from external, third-party grants. How can a reader tell if a news report is news or propaganda? They can’t tell. The only valid assumption is to assume all news reports are propaganda. Source: Climate activists spend millions for friendly Associated Press ‘news’
FB has now lost about one third of its market cap over the past few days.
Meta (parent of FB and IG) lost one quarter of its market value last week. This occurred because of significant risks to FB’s core business model – which is surveillance of users to build dossiers used for advertising and marketing purposes. FB no longer has control over the collection of data – as Apple, Google/Android have restricted data collection via apps, and as Europe’s data privacy regulations restrict data. This has long term strategic implications for Meta’s business model. The company noted this in its financial report, hinting that at worst case, it might have to shut FB and IG in Europe.