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Advertising: Netflix plans to put EVs in their shows and movies, as advertising for EVs

Advertising: Netflix plans to put EVs in their shows and movies, as advertising for EVs

This is known as public relations propaganda: Working with General Motors, Netflix will put EVs into as many of its movies and shows as it can. There’s a Super Bowl ad to prove it. Source: Netflix Wants to Make Electric Cars Its Next Big Stars – CNET Netflix is doing this for free.

Propaganda comes to restaurant menus

Propaganda comes to restaurant menus

A little more information on restaurant menus could encourage people to choose meals with a lower climate footprint, according to a new study, which found that adding climate impact labels to foods was an effective strategy to reduce red meat consumption. Source: Beef burger or fish sandwich? Climate labels on menus can encourage people to eat less red meat, study shows | CNN To be fair, all restaurant menus are designed to encourage your purchase of higher profit items. They use…

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Privacy: Test versions of iRobot’s Roomba vacuums leaked photos and video from inside homes

Privacy: Test versions of iRobot’s Roomba vacuums leaked photos and video from inside homes

iRobot—the world’s largest vendor of robotic vacuums, which Amazon recently acquired for $1.7 billion in a pending deal—confirmed that these images were captured by its Roombas in 2020. All of them came from “special development robots with hardware and software modifications that are not and never were present on iRobot consumer products for purchase,” the company said in a statement. They were given to “paid collectors and employees” who signed written agreements acknowledging that they were sending data streams, including…

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Social media: “Everyone’s Over Instagram” is probably true

Social media: “Everyone’s Over Instagram” is probably true

Instagram is seeing a rapid decline in usage. Still photos have been replaced by short form video (see TikTok). Users are abandoning IG as fewer and fewer post photo updates, and even fewer have their posts seen by others thanks to “The Algorithm” that decides what gets shared and what does not get shared. The result is fewer and fewer “likes” and comments, leading to less engagement, leading to users asking, “Why am I spending time with this anymore?”

Meta (Facebook, IG) is not doing so well anymore.

Is “Fan-baiting” a thing?

Is “Fan-baiting” a thing?

“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.

Bad news sells

Bad news sells

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.