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Social media, confirmation bias and its use in marketing #FakeNews #Propaganda #SocialMedia

(I originally posted this on May 24, 2014, about 2 1/2 years before “fake news” became a popular meme. Since then, social media has become a friction-less platform for the spread of propaganda, fake news, and worse. I run an entire blog on the topic of social media propaganda at Occupy Propaganda – the title being a spoof on a whole bunch of “Occupy” titled propaganda and fake news web sites on Facebook.) Confirmation bias...

Facebook, Google and Verizon want to track everything you do

Facebook, Google and now Verizon are instead accelerating their tracking efforts, despite privacy concerns appearing consistently in the top reasons for using an ad blocker. They are in fast pursuit of the holy grail for digital advertising — syncing up a consumers’ personally-identifiable information with all browsing history and app usage: Source: Facebook, Google and now Verizon are accelerating their tracking efforts despite consumers’ privacy concerns – Recode Related articles FCC passes sweeping new rules...

Data files describing 3D-Printed Guns are not “free speech”, says Court

Data files describing 3D-Printed Guns are not “free speech”, says Court

If I understand this, the Court is saying that technical descriptions of “something” are not considered “free speech”. That could have implications for the government restricting software development (such as cryptography or e-commerce or e-medicine) or the 3D printing specification files for any number of items that the government decides it does not want us to share. According to a landmark court ruling handed down this week, citing national security Source: 3D-Printed Gun Files Aren’t...

“Study: Social media users shy away from opinions” 0

“Study: Social media users shy away from opinions”

Study: Social media users shy away from opinions | Technology | KATU.com – Portland News, Sports, Traffic Weather and Breaking News – Portland, Oregon. Study suggests people post what they expect their followers to agree with – in other words, Facebook becomes an echo chamber that stifles discussion and debate. Few people will challenge their “friends” when there are different interpretations or even when the facts are completely wrong. A side effect is that people...

Health Care and Insurance Fees to Consume 1/3d of typical family income by 2022 0

Health Care and Insurance Fees to Consume 1/3d of typical family income by 2022

Look for insurance savings – San Francisco Chronicle. By 2022, the typical family will pay 1/3d of their income to the health insurance and health industry industrial complex: It is difficult to see how the U.S. will remain competitive in any economic activity when, over time, all of our income will be spent on health insurance and health care industries. Individual purchasers of pre-paid health care (aka health insurance) – and only individual purchasers –...

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