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Month: October 2017

Using fake likes, shares and comments to boost a social media presence

Using fake likes, shares and comments to boost a social media presence

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NY Times issues social media guidelines to staff, seeks to hide staff biases

NY Times issues social media guidelines to staff, seeks to hide staff biases

Reporters from many organizations have posted personal thoughts on Facebook and Twitter, revealing they hold extraordinarily partisan perspectives and lack objectivity and balance and being open to diverse viewpoints. Because of that, the NY Times is asking reporters to hide their biases from their social media posts. This enables the NY Times to pretend that its reporting staff is “seeking to cover objectively” various topics by hiding their staff biases. “In social media posts, our journalists must not express partisan…

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Sharing negative thoughts on Facebook makes you less likable

Sharing negative thoughts on Facebook makes you less likable

Wow! …what Wood and Forest discovered was that sharing negative thoughts or feelings apparently made users less likable … …. “If you’re talking to somebody in person and you say something, you might get some indication that they don’t like it, that they’re sick of hearing your negativity,” Forest said. “On Facebook, you don’t see most of the reactions.” However, those with high self-esteem get more responses for negative updates than those with low self-esteem, the study found. Source: Your…

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Why is Facebook so negative

Why is Facebook so negative

Interesting summary – people vent, people post negative stuff, strong views tempt us to respond which degenerates into negativity, comparisons to others having fun, combination of mixed messages between positive and negative in our news feed creates confusion, people subjected to so much negativity become negative themselves and more in Why is Facebook so negative – Speeli Summary

Negativity on social media is harmful

Negativity on social media is harmful

According to science, you need 3 positive thoughts or experiences to make up for 1 negative one. This is called “negative bias.” Facebook and other social media sites are often one of the biggest contributors to your negativity bias. It’s a fact. According to one neuroscientist, these sites can wreck your attention span, mess up your identity, and leave you with the inability to empathise. Source: Facebook and Social Media Fuel Negativity – Your Positivity Coach

CNN uses manipulation techniques in news story

CNN uses manipulation techniques in news story

(Update – the title of this was changed on Oct 13, from “CNN really is a fictional news service” to “CNN uses manipulation techniques in news story”. Please see the added Afterword for more. CNN incorporated basic techniques of manipulation into their reporting about California wildfires in order to enhance the emotional impact of their “stories”, meeting Walter Lippmann’s definition of “yellow journalism”.) (CNN) More than a dozen wildfires are scorching Northern California, aided by the state’s epic drought, low…

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Cleaning up your social media news feed #politics #socialmedia #propaganda

Cleaning up your social media news feed #politics #socialmedia #propaganda

Last winter I created an informal policy on what to do about the propaganda appearing in my social media news feed, particularly Facebook. As remarked on this blog, social media is a frictionless platform for the rapid spread of propaganda messaging. Many people are outraged over something and for whatever reason are compelled to share their outrage online. Being outraged all the time is not likely a healthy state of life. Thrusting your outrage on to your “friends” is probably…

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How ideology-based thinking creates propaganda memes #socialmedia #propaganda

How ideology-based thinking creates propaganda memes #socialmedia #propaganda

This is a very clever bit of propaganda messaging. Preliminary job market data for September indicated a loss of 33,000 jobs, the first decline in monthly job numbers in 7 years as the country climbed out of an economic depression. (A separate survey of households showed job growth – in time, these surveys will be reconciled). Because of this 33,000 job loss estimate, a Facebook “friend” posted this item. The Propaganda Technique Used The wording on the above is very,…

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What you say on social media can get you fired, or jailed

What you say on social media can get you fired, or jailed

CBS today fired a vice president/senior legal counsel after she made unsettling comments on social media regarding the massacre in Las Vegas: “If they wouldn’t do anything when children were murdered I have no hope that Repugs will ever do the right thing, I’m actually not even sympathetic bc country music fans often are Republican gun toters.” Source: CBS Fires Lawyer Over Facebook Comments About Las Vegas Mass Shooting CBS hosts the Academy of Country Music Awards, owns the formerly…

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Begging the question fallacy: Another illustration today

Begging the question fallacy: Another illustration today

Just days ago I wrote about the “Begging the question” fallacy “sometimes known by its Latin name petitio principii (meaning assuming the initial point), is a logical fallacy in which the writer or speaker assumes the statement under examination to be true” (See Begging the question (fallacy) in propaganda messaging | Occupy Propaganda) I noted classic examples after well publicized corporate gaffes, such as United Airlines dragging a legitimately seated, paying customer off a flight and then issuing a statement…

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Social media outrage can lead to jail #Facebook #Socialmedia

Social media outrage can lead to jail #Facebook #Socialmedia

The U.S. Supreme Court has allowed a conviction to stand, where the individual was convicted of making violent threats on Facebook. Source: Supreme Court upholds PA man’s conviction over Facebook post – Las Vegas Sun Newspaper Our nation is consumed by a culture of perpetual outrage. Many go out of their way to be extremely rude. Many go out of their way to be offended. Comments are twisted by the alleged victim to insist the perpetrator meant something they did…

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