Using common social media tactics to subvert US elections NEW YORK — The latest efforts to disrupt the US midterm elections through Facebook manipulation seem to be following a persuasion playbook refined by legitimate companies and organizations — but with a twist. The aim of these possibly Russia-linked perpetrators appears to be to draw in as many people as possible with emotional appeals and then spur them to action. In this case, though, the action is public protest rather than affinity marketing, and the goal is to sow dissension rather than to build brand awareness. "They're almost functioning like social media editors, figuring out what the trending topics are in the US and figuring out where they can insert themselves," said Jennifer Grygiel, a communications professor at Syracuse University. The idea, experts say, is to widen the rifts in the US population via propaganda that is less about winning hearts and minds and much more about … [Read more...] about Using common social media tactics to subvert US elections
Racism on social media
source FOX ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ has been renewed for a sixth 13-episode season. Cast and writers thanked fans on social media for causing such an uproar when Fox cancelled the show. The show will now be broadcast on NBC. Fans were completely devastated when Fox announced the New York detective comedy ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ wasn’t going to be renewed. Although some say it was the fans themselves at fault for not watching the show. Twitter was covered in dedications to the show, and pleads with streaming services Hulu and Netflix to pick it up. But it was NBC to the rescue, commissioning the show for a 13-episode sixth season. We got your SIX! #Brooklyn99 is officially coming to NBC! pic.twitter.com/NNQw2OZquH — NBC Entertainment (@nbc) May 12, 2018 Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s cocreator Dan Goor announced the news on twitter, saying it was in no small part thanks to “the … [Read more...] about NBC has saved ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ after a social media uproar from fans
By Josh Brown Waterloo Region Record Sat., May 5, 2018 KITCHENER — Hockey fans saw Givani Smith flash his middle finger at the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds bench. What they didn’t see were the racial slurs, threats and abuse that the Kitchener Rangers winger, who is Black, endured before and after the incident. Video of Smith’s outburst went viral in hockey circles. Read more: Nova Scotia legislature hosts 12-year-old hockey player in show of support after racist slur Article Continued Below NHL condemns racist taunt from fans against Black player Opinion | Bruce Arthur: It’s lonely living among hockey’s silent majority The footage showed him flipping the bird to Soo players just after the Rangers extended their playoff lives with an emotional 4-3 overtime victory against the Greyhounds in Game 6 of their Ontario Hockey League western conference final this past Sunday. The 20-year-old was suspended for two games by the OHL … [Read more...] about Racism at the rink
caption Keziah Daum, in a Chinese dress that she’s garnered much criticism for wearing source Michael Techmeyer Keziah Daum is an 18-year-old girl who wore a Chinese dress to prom. She has been criticized for being racist and for culturally appropriating Chinese fashion. What her critics are missing is that Daum’s actions are good for anyone who seeks an integrated and unbiased world. Last week, an 18-year-old named Keziah Daum posted pictures on Twitter of herself, her date, and her friends at their prom. The banal social media moment quickly evolved into something allegedly more sinister. PROM pic.twitter.com/gsJ0LtsCmP — Keziah (@daumkeziah) April 22, 2018 Within a few days, Daum’s tweet – and her life – had blown up. In a tweet that’s since gone viral, a man named Jeremy Lam retweeted Daum’s post. “My culture is NOT your goddamn … [Read more...] about Nonsensical critics are accusing an 18-year-old girl of cultural appropriation and racism — and they’re missing something much bigger
By Rosie DiManno Star Columnist Wed., Feb. 21, 2018 PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA—If Lindsey Vonn had a lick of spite in her — she doesn’t — she’d take that bronze medal hard-earned Wednesday and ram it down the troll-mob’s bilious throat. Somehow, because she happens to have a bit of a brain, you know, and a tad ‘o candour, one of the greatest female skiers ever had been suddenly transformed into Vonn-cum-Villainess. Or Valkyrie of the bimbo-pinko left. Un-American. Which had a whole bunch of righteous red-meat Americans, the Trumpisti hordes, frothing and foaming over some rather mildly critical comments Vonn made about the U.S. president. A question asked of her and answered by CNN on Dec. 7 that clearly got up some right-twitch nostrils and wedged there. Article Continued Below Scooped out, like snot, last week when Vonn failed to medal in her Super-G race, a wide turn toward the end of the course dropping the … [Read more...] about One of the greatest female skiers in history said she hoped to represent her fellow Americans at the Olympics, not the president. So her fellow Americans turned on her.