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Month: December 2017

“News” is just entertaining gossip and “infotainment”

“News” is just entertaining gossip and “infotainment”

This may be the first of several posts on the degeneration of “news” into speculative, gossip-focused, entertaining drivel. They – and you – pretend you are being informed when in reality you are being entertained. At best your time is distracted from learning meaningful information and at worse you have become prey for propaganda messaging. Visit the web pages of various news sites and note the majority of their “headlines” are entertaining gossip stories. Yahoo News: “Vonn: Backlash shows ‘how…

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Facebook Research says using FB passively makes you feel bad; Introduces new “Snooze” feature

Facebook Research says using FB passively makes you feel bad; Introduces new “Snooze” feature

Using Facebook without contributing, in the form of messages and comments on your friends’ posts, makes you feel bad, the company said today. In a remarkable blog post, citing both internal and academic research, the company said “in general, when people spend a lot of time passively consuming information — reading but not interacting with people — they report feeling worse afterward.” At the same time, actively communicating with friends “is linked to improvements in well-being,” the company said. Facebook…

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Polar bears, social media, and how our emotional response may have helped a PR stunt

Polar bears, social media, and how our emotional response may have helped a PR stunt

(This item – featuring a polar bear – emotionally hooked many people – and for some, any discussion is controversial. However, this post is not about polar bears or climate change but about successful propaganda messaging.) Here is the original dying polar bear photo and post from photographer Paul Nicklen. Read carefully. He – and his associate – never say this polar bear is dying due to climate change but he does link climate change to polar bear habitat and…

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Extraordinary popular delusions

Extraordinary popular delusions

As described in 1852: We find that whole communities suddenly fix their minds upon one object, and go mad in its pursuit; that millions of people become simultaneously impressed with one delusion, and run after it, till their attention is caught by some new folly more captivating than the first. …. Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by…

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Students taught to think for themselves through critical analysis of social media content

Students taught to think for themselves through critical analysis of social media content

A community college instructor teaches students to to think for themselves by analyzing social media content: There were no wrong answers. I told them I didn’t care what their bottom line was, as long as they supported it with facts. They did. They learned to mistrust, but verify. They learned to think for themselves. We can teach millennials to be savvy social media users Good!  

New web URL: SocialPanic.org

New web URL: SocialPanic.org

The old web URL will continue to work but I just registered SocialPanic.org as an easier way to access this web site. The domain name is very appropriate for what this web site is about – the use of professional media and social media to deliver propaganda messaging for the purpose of getting others to adopt someone’s agenda. This is often done through methods used to create “social panic“. The new URL will be usable shortly. It works now for…

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Former Facebook executive says social media tearing up society with “misinformation, mistruth” and no civil discourse

Former Facebook executive says social media tearing up society with “misinformation, mistruth” and no civil discourse

“I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works” …. “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created are destroying how society works,” he said, referring to online interactions driven by “hearts, likes, thumbs-up.” “No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth. And it’s not an American problem — this is not about Russians ads. This is a global problem.” Former Facebook exec says social media is ripping apart society He also said “Your…

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Full text of the comment that was shadow banned by @Oregonian newspaper

Full text of the comment that was shadow banned by @Oregonian newspaper

The next morning, my comment remains shadow banned by the Oregonian. Here is the description of the shadow ban, from last night with a screen capture of how the ban appears. Here, I present the full text of the shadow banned comment plus the supplementary information for how I obtained the facts presented in the comment. Here are actual price quotes from HealthCare.gov. The first quotes are for a 64 year old married couple earning pre-tax income of $65,000 per…

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I was shadow banned by Oregonian censorship, a powerful form of propaganda

I was shadow banned by Oregonian censorship, a powerful form of propaganda

Today, the Oregonian ran a story from the AP about the high costs of ACA insurance policies. I added two comments to the story. One of my comments appears online and the other is “shadow banned”. When I am logged in to the Oregonian, I see this When I am not logged in, I see only this which is presumably what everyone else sees as well. In other words, my comment is visible only to me but invisible to everyone…

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social.coldstreams.com web site has moved to socialpanic.org

social.coldstreams.com web site has moved to socialpanic.org

social.coldstreams.com has moved to socialpanic.org If you previously subscribed to posts by email, you need to re-subscribe at the new web site by clicking on the Follow link in the right most column. If you read the web site via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or RSS newsfeed you do not need to make any changes. Most old links will either redirect or continue to point to the original content (all content was moved to the new web site but links on…

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Never, Ever leave a reporter in a room alone, with a number

Never, Ever leave a reporter in a room alone, with a number

Sheer idiocy to have written this: The “baby boom” is officially defined as those born from 1946 to 1964. Per the above, in the year 2060, the aging baby boomer population will be aged 96 to 114, and apparently life spans will have increased by decades by the year 2060. The study is not accessible to the public. The reporter who wrote this article and the editor who let this fly by are idiots. In a literal sense, the baby…

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Media reporting error causes Dow to drop 350 points

Media reporting error causes Dow to drop 350 points

Lucky for me, I was busy all day and did not learn about this until it was over with. ABC News reporter Brian Ross put out a report this morning with most of the crucial details wrong – causing the Dow 30 Industrials to drop 350 points. The false report was broadcast as an interruption to regular scheduled programming, as well. Seven hours later, Ross issued a weak clarification; in fact, his report should have been retracted as much of…

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