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Too many “leaders” lead by anecdotal stories and not data and facts, yielding wrong conclusions and solutions

Too many “leaders” lead by anecdotal stories and not data and facts, yielding wrong conclusions and solutions

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 Amazon fires pseudo news panic illustrates how easy it is to throw an election via social media

The Amazon fires pseudo news panic illustrates how easy it is to throw an election via social media

Social media is a frictionless platform for the dissemination of propaganda messaging. Seeing what just took place in the past few days, can you imagine the firepower about to be unleashed during the next national election in the U.S.? The brutal propaganda messaging on social media threatens to take down democracy.

“Commentary: Everything You’ve Heard About the Amazon Fires Is Wrong – Tennessee Star”

“Commentary: Everything You’ve Heard About the Amazon Fires Is Wrong – Tennessee Star”

“The international news coverage of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest fires has been a complete disaster. News outlets published inaccurate yet easily verifiable “facts” about the number of fires, declaring the situation “record-breaking” and “unprecedented.” Social media lit up with misleading claims about the loss of planetary oxygen supply…”

Social media is just one big bonfire of idiocy. Thanks to social media, we have only about 30 minutes to save the world from something.

Social media has gone insane over fires in the Amazon area of Brazil, with most posts being wrong

Social media has gone insane over fires in the Amazon area of Brazil, with most posts being wrong

Social media has gone utterly insane about fires in the Amazon region of Brazil-virtually all of them contain false information. NASA points out that over their 15 year satellite-based observing history, the fire situation in the Amazon is average. But the falsehoods have blown up to the point that internationally known politicians are calling for action!

Social media is a bonfire of idiocy.

Story contradicts the headline: “Minimum wage doesn’t cover the rent anywhere in the U.S. – CBS News”

Story contradicts the headline: “Minimum wage doesn’t cover the rent anywhere in the U.S. – CBS News”

Their third paragraph contradicts the headline: “Even the $15 hourly wage touted by labor activists would not be enough to make housing affordable in the overwhelming majority of states, the coalition found.” — but in other words, it can afford housing in some states. But the story’s errors are worse than that …

Everything, everywhere is now a “crisis”

Everything, everywhere is now a “crisis”

While researching overuse of the “crisis” label (literally everything is now a crisis), I ran across a Google News linked web site whose own description largely labels itself as a propaganda mill. Yet this is what passes for “news”?

News media personalities increasingly use emotion to grab viewer’s attention

News media personalities increasingly use emotion to grab viewer’s attention

It’s propaganda all the time now: “The only way to hold a viewer’s attention is to continually ratchet up the emotional stakes. It’s not enough to connect passionately to a picture or a video clip; the audience also expects a fierce attachment to news anchors and reporters — they want to see journalists emote, which is embraced as a more reliable truth than the facts and figures being reported.”

Media influences your thinking merely by choosing which stories to run

Media influences your thinking merely by choosing which stories to run

435 Congressional Representatives were elected last November. How many can you name? Probably not many. But you can probably name Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez due to the media’s odd fixation on her with non-stop saturation coverage. Why has the media singled out one Representative for saturation coverage – and largely ignores the other 434 Representatives?

How the news media protects and covers up for its own

How the news media protects and covers up for its own

In 2012, an editor for The Oregonian newspaper died of a heart attack. The paper printed his obituary citing his wonderful career, awards and track record. Left out of the story was the married editor died in the arms of his prostitute, a fact which another editor deliberately covered up.