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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 media companies really do read your posts, emails and documents

Social media companies really do read your posts, emails and documents

Google’s GMail service “scans” your emails and Google Docs to serve you ads. The word “scans” implies scanning for keywords but that is a false assumption about what is actually being done. Natural language processing technology has advanced to where these algorithms are the equivalent of someone reading all of your emails and taking notes. Literally, online services are reading all of your email and building dossiers on what they think they know about you, ostensibly to better target advertising…

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June 2015 article about Internet Research [Agency] in Russia

June 2015 article about Internet Research [Agency] in Russia

The article details an attempt to gather information about the Internet Research [Agency] organization in St Petersburg, Russia, described as a professional propaganda operation run by an oligarch. This article is of interest in its description of a propaganda operation. The article was published in June 2015, well before the U.S. media and political interest in social media propaganda. I friended as many of the trolls on Facebook as I could and began to observe their ways. Most of the…

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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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Disaster Propaganda

Disaster Propaganda

This might be the first of more than one post. I have been collecting, when possible, social media propaganda items regarding recent natural and unnatural disasters (such as local arson caused wildland fires). First, many people use unusual events as a platform for propaganda messaging to persuade others of their own agenda. Second, much of this propaganda messaging takes the form of asserting claims that when examined in context of historical data, are not true or are weakly partially true…

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Facebook said to running massive propaganda operation

Facebook said to running massive propaganda operation

This is an update to the previous item, below. According to Gizmodo, quoting former Facebook workers: Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network’s influential “trending” news section, according to a former journalist who worked on the project. This individual says that workers prevented stories about the right-wing CPAC gathering, Mitt Romney, Rand Paul, and other conservative topics from appearing in the highly-influential section, even though they were organically trending among the site’s…

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How social media propaganda silences dissent

How social media propaganda silences dissent

The “spiral of silence” is a well-researched phenomenon in which people suppress unpopular opinions to fit in and avoid social isolation. It has been looked at in the context of social media and the echo-chamber effect, in which we tailor our opinions to fit the online activity of our Facebook and Twitter friends. Source: Mass surveillance silences minority opinions, according to study – The Washington Post Rather than increasing perspectives, social media naturally enforces a conformity in ideas, in order…

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Denmark Fairy Tales: Denmark does not have a 33 hour work week

Denmark Fairy Tales: Denmark does not have a 33 hour work week

TL;DR  Summary Part 1: Denmark is the world’s happiest nation because of the following reasons (Not true) Part 2: Denmark has a $20/hour minimum wage (No, it does not). Part 3: Denmark has a 33 hour work week (No, it does not) Part 4: Denmark has Free University ? Yes but read why – it’s not why you think) Part 5: Denmark has Free Childcare? No, it does not – this claim is a lie). Part 6: Denmark has Free…

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The most spectacular example of social media propaganda – so far!

The most spectacular example of social media propaganda – so far!

TL; DR Summary This poster is designed to lead you to the conclusion someone died because Republicans fund wars rather than highway infrastructure. But your conclusion, based on the provided evidence trail, is not just wrong but spectacularly wrong when you see the full set of evidence. This poster was shared over 25,000 times within 24 hours of appearing on Facebook, making it one of the most effective propaganda posters I have seen. This poster is elegant in its design,…

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How pro sports uses the national anthem for promotional propaganda

How pro sports uses the national anthem for promotional propaganda

TL;DR Summary Why do we play the national anthem at sports events? Why do we have the emotional re-uniting of families with a service member returned from overseas at sports events? These seemingly spontaneous events of joy and patriotism are often paid endorsements from the marketing budget of the the US Department of Defense. In the case of the Superbowl, the symbolism is taken to an extreme to link pro sports with patriotism, military and nationalist pride.

The emotional jolts per minute metric – and no one cares if its fake news

The emotional jolts per minute metric – and no one cares if its fake news

TL;DR Summary: TV news, especially, but print news too, relies on a concept of “emotional jolts per minute” to engage their viewer or reader. An emotionally jolted viewer or reader is more likely to retain the story in their head. An emotionally jolted person is more susceptible to advertising messages, which is good for the business. The Washington Post ended their Internet meme fact checking column because they discovered that no one cares if the meme is false; as long…

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The emotional jolts per minute metric – and no one cares if its #fakenews #Socialmedia #Propaganda

The emotional jolts per minute metric – and no one cares if its #fakenews #Socialmedia #Propaganda

TL;DR Summary: TV news, especially, but print news too, relies on a concept of “emotional jolts per minute” to engage their viewer or reader. An emotionally jolted viewer or reader is more likely to retain the story in their head. An emotionally jolted person is more susceptible to advertising messages, which is good for the business. The Washington Post ended their Internet meme fact checking column because they discovered that no one cares if the meme is false; as long…

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