Entertainers, including sports entertainers, earning millions of dollars per year and looked up to by millions of fans are surprisingly outraged about their miserable life situations. Perplexing.
Propagandists find new way to reach Facebook users:
Through an unknown mechanism, these junk sites are managing to get their content posted on verified celebrity Facebook pages and spread to millions of users who find themselves inundated with spam, fake news, ads, and tracking software.
Which then results in:
Facebook users who “liked’ the pages of celebrities with large followings are inundated with spam and fake news
Which is another illustration of how social media is a friction-less platform for the spread of propaganda. Indeed, the primary purpose of social media is propaganda messaging.
And then this – to which I add, Huh?
According to Matt Britton, chief executive officer of New York-based marketing technology firm CrowdTap, part of the race for readers’ attention is known as influencer marketing: a relatively new and largely unregulated area of digital advertising in which brands use celebrities or influential social media personalities to endorse products, thus encouraging fans to buy them.
“Influencer marketing” is old and in this example, it is the “celebrity endorsement” model of propaganda messaging.
Google and Facebook are a duopoly for online digital advertising. Through their ad placement programs, they are now – basically – using heavy handed automated content filters that censor out many videos. The result:
“YouTube is on the fast track to becoming Disney vloggers: beautiful young people that wouldn’t say anything controversial and are always happy.”
Google and Facebook are indeed so powerful that they now censor ordinary speech.
I am not the only one noticing this peculiar form of propaganda, now prevalent on Instagram and Youtube social media:
There is an undeniable aesthetic and demographic conformity in the vanlife world. Nearly all of the most popular accounts belong to young, attractive, white, heterosexual couples. “There’s the pretty van girl and the woodsy van guy,” Smith said. “That’s what people want to see.”
King clicked on the account’s most successful post, which has more than eight thousand likes. In the image, the back seat of the van is folded down into a bed; King faces away from the camera, holding a sheet to her chest, her hair cascading down her naked back. The second most popular post was of King wearing a bikini, standing on the van’s front bumper. In the next most popular, King is in a bikini, slicing lemons.
“People really want to see beautiful locations,” King said.
“They want to see Emily in a bikini, they want to see a sun flare, they want to see the van,” Smith said. “Ones of Emily in the van waking up with Penny, they crush it.”
“It’s real and it’s kind of moody—”
“It’s a naked female,” Smith said…
If you are cute enough and have enough followers, you can get paid promotional endorsements from advertisers. Which puts all this solidly in the realm of “celebrity endorsement” propaganda. Who knew?
Update: Hah! Here is how this post appears in my (the owner’s) Facebook news feed – I can even buy Likes for it!
Celebrity endorsement and Testimonial.
This quote is true.
How well this poster was shared is unknown.
The quote was contained in Lincoln’s first State of the Union speech, both in terms of concern over the potential concentration of wealth (Lincoln had been a lawyer that defended the rapidly growing railroad industry), but also in terms of capital being used to own labor (as in slaves), as well as to hire. His point was that labor comes first to create wealth, which then begets capital. From a government/regulatory perspective, some wanted to give capital a priority over labor, a choice which Lincoln said was not right.
- Patton said “Liberal democrats are the lowest form of politicians”.
- No, very, very unlikely he said that. It appears to be a combination of a quote from Patton (the first sentence) and a modified quote from President Harry S Truman (second sentence) who made a similar comment 4 years after Patton died.
- This version of the poster (there are many versions) originates on a Facebook page titled “The Truth has no agenda” which is a conservative page with an agenda.
- This propaganda item is in the generic meme of attributing fake quotes to historical figures, trying to use an appeal to authority or celebrity endorsement. We see this a lot – a whole lot – on social media.
- This poster uses the method of Celebrity endorsement and appeal to authority to deliver its message.
- This quote is – surprisingly – accurate and not taken out of context.
- There are numerous fake Lincoln quotes appearing in propaganda posters, however.
- In 2011, Bernie Sanders spoke forcefully against a free trade agreement with Panama because Panama operates as a tax haven with secret bank accounts.
- True-Sanders did speak forcefully against the PFTA.
- True-Panama does have low corporate tax rates, tax havens and banking secrecy.
- This is an effective propaganda poster (video) because it is topical, makes good use of facts (not false assertions or logical fallacies), and is conveyed simply and directly. It is also unusual for a propaganda message like this to contain what is effectively data, rather than pure emotional content, although the end result is similar in terms of the target being emotionally jolted to take action.
- The poster is also effective because of timeliness immediately after widely publicized news reports about tax havens based in Panama. In a way, the news reports could be viewed as “pre-propaganda” which is messaging that prepares a target for propaganda directing one to take action. A conspiracy theorist might say the news reports were pre-propaganda timed to assist the Sanders campaign by reinforcing his policy perspectives.
- The details on the poster are somewhat true.
- The person who created this is the unbiased[not] publisher of Trump Magazine.
- Uses fear, assertions, transference, and a fierce, evil looking photo to make its point.
- But this propaganda poster has way too much detail. Few people will read all the text. If reading takes more than 5 seconds to rouse your System 1 thinking, the poster’s message is probably dead-on-arrival.