Class Warfare Blog

October 10, 2017

Russian Facebook “Culture Hacking” Problem Solved!

Filed under: Culture,Politics,Technology — Steve Ruis @ 12:18 pm
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It is now clear that Russian intelligence agents worked overtime harvesting Internet meme stories off of “social media” and rebranded them in an attempt to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

Fearing that this practice has opened our elections to outside manipulation I have invested just over  4.2 milliseconds of my precious time to come up with a solution. Here it is:

People need to stop consulting Facebook for news.

That’s it.

I went a bit farther. I deleted my Facebook account (at least on the surface, apparently they store away all of your information in hidden locations to read late at night under their blanket).

Really, people! Facebook? For news? I understand that the “normal channels” for acquiring news have become compromised by corporate and political interests, but Facebook? Have you really considered what the name of the service implies? (Hint: it is site catering to narcicists.)

 

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12 Comments »

  1. It is no fun to watch real news or to research a subject, think the people I know. They feel a far better use of their time is to binge watch the latest top TV show or chase the latest movie. I know people who will spend more time deciding where to go to eat than on who to vote for. Some think a video game for 10 hours makes theme an expert of the political climate. I truly am at a loss on how to get through to some how important some decisions are. . Hugs

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    Comment by Scottie — October 10, 2017 @ 12:32 pm | Reply

    • You and me both. I generally refer to social media as a GWOT (a giant waste of time) as there is no content there (unless you are a collector of kitten videos). There is what I refer to as “churn” … the endless rolling mass of “communication” that advances us in no way.

      We should be talking about how Costa Rica has substantially increased its citizen’s happiness without pursuing a “growth without limit” business strategy. we should be talking about our stupid wars … all of them (especially the war on women by the conservative class). So many things of substance, and we choose to talk about blather.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — October 10, 2017 @ 12:56 pm | Reply

  2. Facebook is a cesspool of nonsense. It took me 2 days to figure that out and the third day I had to Google “how to delete a FB account” because they sure don’t make it obvious how to do so!

    And you are right, why in the fuck would anyone presume FB to be a news source? Same for Fox News, just because they have weather and sports does not make them a reliable news outlet.

    The obsessive attraction to social media has made fools of millions, or simply highlighted their existence?

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    Comment by shelldigger — October 11, 2017 @ 6:40 am | Reply

    • I suspect that Facebook made not a single fool … exposed, yes, but made, no.

      There seems to be a premium placed upon activity and not upon substance in our culture right now.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — October 11, 2017 @ 8:46 am | Reply

  3. I’m one of those people who gets the news from Facebook. Since I get quite a variety of people in my FB account – the most prolific posters include a very anti-Trump immigrant FB group and a pretty pro-Ted Cruz acquaintance – I get a pretty wide range of news stories. I do have a strong preference for more reputable sources, like NYT, CNN, NPR, Reuters, and if these outlets carry Russian-made fake news, then not having FB isn’t going to help anyway.

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    Comment by List of X — October 11, 2017 @ 10:59 am | Reply

    • Normally main stream news outlets vet their news stories. They do check the facts out. FB can’t do that. No one is checking to see if the facts are correct as best as possible on FB. That is the difference. On the other side you have opinion peddlers who deliberately fudge or obfuscate the facts in favor of an already cemented position. Hugs

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      Comment by Scottie — October 11, 2017 @ 11:06 am | Reply

      • When I say I get my news from Facebook, I mean I click on links to news articles on websites like NYT, CNN, WaPo, etc., posted on FB by my FB friends or FB groups I’m in.

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        Comment by List of X — October 11, 2017 @ 11:57 am | Reply

        • Actually, I assumed that was what you meant. You are clearly not an idiot.

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — October 12, 2017 @ 11:13 am | Reply

      • Exactly … and as the line between news and editorial becomes blurrier and blurrier, the vetting is becoming less and less obvious.

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        Comment by Steve Ruis — October 12, 2017 @ 11:12 am | Reply

    • I suggest the same treatment for other corrupted “news” sources. The NY Times is dropping rapidly in my estimation and I subscribed because I had lost faith in most of the other “papers” available to me. I am thinking of dropping my subscription. (The Times is part of a suite of sources from which I feel I can cobble together a reasonable picture of what is going on.)

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — October 12, 2017 @ 11:11 am | Reply

  4. One comment about the Russians and the farcebook ads they bought…..most of those ads were bought AFTER the election last November. Oh, and one report I read said the Russians spent a total, before and after the last election of…..wait for it……$100,000.
    Farcebook has an annual income in the Billions, makes $100K a bit tiny no?
    Years ago, as in ten or maybe it was only nine Hey I’m old so give my old brain some room….LOL) I was told, Oh, et on farcebook, Everybody is there. After weeks of being told how much I “needed” to be on that thing, I broke down and got a farcebook account. OK some people I actually knew added me as a friend. Odd thing, I got friend requests from folks I never heard of, not even 10th hand from anybody. I felt bad (well not that bad) about turning down the requests to add me as their friend. By the end of my 2nd week on farcebook, I deleted my page/account with them. Oh, I have never twittered either, no my space page, hell, my apartment IS my space. I don’t do social media. Reading the blogs I like, this one for instance, along with the news sites I check every day takes all my time. Love that iPod……music always makes the day go better.
    I have nothing against farcebook, to each his/her own. Just don’t ask me to try it again….I won’t.

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    Comment by Walter Kronkat — October 11, 2017 @ 4:52 pm | Reply

    • Yeah, I read these statistics on a website but the mainstream media, the one’s with “standards,” didn’t seem to think these were important aspects of the context. We used to be able to count on these sources for doing the things what journalism schools teach as required for good journalism, but all of that seems to be falling by the wayside in the search for corporate profits.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — October 12, 2017 @ 11:15 am | Reply


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