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#91 Wicked Which

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Posted 21 March 2018 - 07:13 PM

I want more episodes and I want them now!

 

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Posted 22 March 2018 - 01:54 PM

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....and for today's special interest story:

 

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Posted 12 June 2018 - 05:45 PM

Why Does Fake News Exist? A Look Inside A Highly Lucrative Business

To understand fake news, we must understand the cast of characters:

1) The Creators

2) The Enablers

3) The Establishment

Let’s discuss each one of them in more detail. I’ll also touch upon how money is made.
The Creators Of Fake News

There are two main creators of fake news. The most egregious creator comes from non-journalists who put out spammy garbage you see on the web that’s simply untrue. The second creator of fake news is not so much fake news, but biased news coming from journalists with an agenda. Biased news isn’t as egregious since we all have our biases that are hard to extricate from our actions. However, biased journalists can do greater damage due to their large platforms.

Why does fake news exist? Is it because people have nothing better to do with their time? Or maybe it’s because people are all serious trolls on the internet? Maybe.

The main reason why fake news exists is simply due to the desire for MONEY, lots of it! Once you follow the money, everything becomes much clearer.

The #1 goal of every fake news creator is to get as many impressionable readers to click on their fake news articles as possible. More clicks means more advertising revenue.

Clickbait titles are very important because fake news creators cannot compete on substance. None of their articles will ever rank well on search (Google, Bing, Duckduckgo, etc) because most of their content is very thin and filled with grammatical errors on topics that are very ephemeral e.g. Southern California Floods Sweep Away Neverland Ranch, Revealing Michael Jackson Is Still Alive!

The average fake news article might contain 250 words of gibberish, whereas the average article on Financial Samurai tends to be more evergreen with well over 1,200 words, complemented with charts and graphs. Due to the way search engines work, a fake news article would unlikely ever rank above an article I write about on the same topic. If it did, the search engine would be discredited and eventually lose a ton of money themselves.

Fake news creators are paid generally in the range of $1 – $10 per 1,000 impressions. Therefore, if a fake news creator can get 1,000,000 impressions a month, his website stands to earn $1,000 – $10,000 a month. If you’re a fake news teen earning $10,000 a month living in Macedonia, you’re crushing it because the Macedonia GDP per capita is less than $5,000. That’s like making $960,000 a year here in the U.S.!

To provide some perspective, only about 5% of Financial Samurai’s total revenue comes from click ads and banner ads compared to 100% of revenue for fake news sites. My business model is about creating direct long-term partnerships with companies I believe will create value for everyone.

he Enablers Of Fake News

So how do spammy garbage sites exist on the web if they can’t rank well in search?

The first reason is due to low barriers to entry. Anybody can start a website for less than $50 a year nowadays and compete with the Yahoos, the Forbes, The New York Times, and the Googles of the world. WordPress and other platforms make it easy to create good looking sites that used to cost tens of thousands to create. Chances of creating a reputable website off of fake news are low, but so is the opportunity cost.

Before I started Financial Samurai, I clearly remember thinking it would be relatively easy to create a reputable personal finance site because I was reading so much garbage on the web by authors who had minimal to no financial background or experience. Circa 2008 there was a NYT bestseller by Ramit Sethi called, “I Will Teach You To Be Rich,” at Barnes & Noble by a recent college grad with no job. I thought to myself, America is awesome because anything is possible! What I’ve learned since meeting Ramit, who readily admits the book’s title is spammy, is that it’s all about marketing.

The second reason why fake news exists is due to the enablers. More specifically: Facebook.

Facebook has almost two billion mindless users each day who waste about an hour of their lives on their platform. Facebook is the largest, most engaged social media platform in the world. Fake news creators know that people who spend lots of time on Facebook are often lonely, highly impressionable people who are looking for validation and a way out of their misery. Since misery loves company, negative fake news does very well.

Why does Facebook enable so much garbage in everybody’s news feed? Money, money, and more MONEY! Facebook spent years trying to convince companies to build likes on their Facebook page. The assumption was, the more likes your company page has, the more easily you can “organically” reach your target consumer. Then Facebook changed the rules after companies spent billions of dollars trying to get consumers to like their pages. They told companies they now had to also pay to get the people who liked their pages to see what they posted! Talk about luring your customers in and beating them with a stick.

Facebook is currently worth roughly $385 billion because they earn over $30 billion in advertising revenue a year. Some have estimated Facebook earns roughly half of their revenue from fake news advertising. But let’s say they earn just 10% of their revenue from fake news. That’s still $3 billion in revenue Facebook doesn’t want to lose, especially since Zuckerberg is worth ~$55B alone.

https://www.financia...ake-news-exist/

Lee Camp: How to Write Propaganda for the NY Times

This past Thursday the New York Times vomited up a hit piece on little ol’ me – a guy who has been doing stand-up comedy for nearly 20 years and thought maybe that comedy could be used to inform and inspire audiences, rather than just make fun of the differences between men and women.

At first when you’re the center of a smear job, you’re annoyed and frustrated. But as I read further through the piece, I realized it was a master class in how to write propaganda for one of the most “respected” news outlets in our country. I’m actually grateful it was written about me because now I can see with my own eyes exactly how the glorious chicanery is done. I count no less than 15 lies, manipulations, and false implications in this short article, a score that even our fearless prevaricator-in-chief Donald Trump would envy.

So here now is a “How To” for writing propaganda for the New York Times – using the smear piece against me as an example.

Step One: Prime the Readers
Step Two: Guilt by Association
Step Three: Write Off Good Attributes That Don’t Fit the Storyline
Step Four: It’s What the Person Doesn’t Say That Really Matters
Step Five: Fuck It, Insult the Guy’s Looks
Step Six: Trot Out Discredited Neocon Think-Tank-Backed Source
Step Seven: Lie
Final Step: Leave the Reader With the Same (False) Prime You Started With

So the next time you’re reading so-called journalism in the New York Times, remember… context matters.

https://www.nakedcap...ed-article.html


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Posted 28 July 2018 - 12:02 PM

Alex Jones got banned on Facebook?

 

I guess they put his face in the box as punishment of sorts...

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What if CNN ever gets banned or any other news outlet. Even a small one? I may not like what I hear on the media outlets. But, they ALL have the right to say there thing. Especially on the larger platforms that are used to market 'everything' in the world.

I think it's better for people to learn the ways of how social media is created to affect our ideologies through psychological ploys and simple rhetorical tricks all sophists use to win and make a buck.

Facebook suspends profile of Infowars founder, says ban is 'close'

The move comes after YouTube also removed four videos posted by the conspiracy theorist and far-right radio host.

https://www.nbcnews....n-close-n895191
 


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Posted 28 July 2018 - 12:08 PM

Sounds like they're banning him because they fear his audience...


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Posted 12 August 2018 - 10:16 PM

Before television, people came to movie theatres to watch the news. British Pathé was at the forefront of cinematic journalism, blending information with entertainment to popular effect. Over the course of a century, it documented everything from major armed conflicts and seismic political crises to the curious hobbies and eccentric lives of ordinary people. If it happened, British Pathé filmed it.

Now considered to be the finest newsreel archive in the world, British Pathé is a treasure trove of 85,000 films unrivalled in their historical and cultural significance.

British Pathé also represents the Reuters historical collection, which includes more than 120,000 items from the news agencies Gaumont Graphic (1910-1932), Empire News Bulletin (1926-1930), British Paramount (1931-1957), and Gaumont British (1934-1959), as well as Visnews content from 1957 to the end of 1979. All footage can be viewed on the British Pathé website.

www.britishpathe.com

https://www.youtube....tishpathe/about


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Posted 13 August 2018 - 11:17 AM

Sounds like they're banning him because they fear his audience...

 

Maybe they have problems with his marketing tactics.  Brigading his forces so to speak. Although, I think a bit of the reverse is going on in a subtle way. Facebook and Twitter have their own brigades of 'bots' to do their own will too. Using morality has a 'high ground' platform. Attacking Jones on 'moral' issues only serves to distract from some of the major issues he actually does talk about. It seems it's too narrow a perspective to make decent judgements on what is 'moral'. Besides, who gets to decide what is moral. Look what happens in history when one group or another gets to decide those questions. Zooming out from these details in the picture leads to much wider perspective...

We have to see this technology we're all using to inform each other. What are we informing each other about?

This begs the question? What is a legitimate Publishing Establishment? With the internet tech anyone can be an 'established' publisher. What does this actually mean? What requirements are necessary to be considered an 'established' publisher? A license, A fee, A test, guidelines? I think this is the ultimate end game: A law filled requirement of dogmatic ethos. To put it simply: a piece of paper to put on your facebook wall. Are you verified?


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Posted 13 August 2018 - 11:34 AM

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say in 20 years time, should the political climate change and all Trumpster Tards and Democritical Ducks be labeled anathema, will all the data accumulated against them be used to force a 'big brother' perspective?

me thinks there are hidden psychological tools hidden within.


 


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Posted 13 August 2018 - 11:42 AM

Priming the future movers and shakers? Including everyone in the farm?


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Posted 14 August 2018 - 06:14 PM



 

Maybe they have problems with his marketing tactics.  Brigading his forces so to speak. Although, I think a bit of the reverse is going on in a subtle way. Facebook and Twitter have their own brigades of 'bots' to do their own will too. Using morality has a 'high ground' platform. Attacking Jones on 'moral' issues only serves to distract from some of the major issues he actually does talk about. It seems it's too narrow a perspective to make decent judgements on what is 'moral'. Besides, who gets to decide what is moral. Look what happens in history when one group or another gets to decide those questions. Zooming out from these details in the picture leads to much wider perspective...

We have to see this technology we're all using to inform each other. What are we informing each other about?

This begs the question? What is a legitimate Publishing Establishment? With the internet tech anyone can be an 'established' publisher. What does this actually mean? What requirements are necessary to be considered an 'established' publisher? A license, A fee, A test, guidelines? I think this is the ultimate end game: A law filled requirement of dogmatic ethos. To put it simply: a piece of paper to put on your facebook wall. Are you verified?

 

 

There are people who like to do research and do blogs and forums of there own. Learning how to do that takes a bit of time and practice. What does this mean for some of the larger networks who publish ideas and stories of fiction? Is it a question of what a legitimate 'publisher' is? Do we need to re-define what 'fair use' editing and posting actually is. Much to learn in so many departments. What defines a publisher? Do 'special interest' stories on the weird and infamous count? Is your idea or POV in line with the larger entities rule of thought? All the policies we're beginning to see from above are starting to trickle down to the smaller news outlets. The book of faces won't let you market if you don't play ball.

maybe forums like this can be starting points for the 'next generation' forums. archives are still there. old schoolers are becoming editors and gathering in new talent and ideas. more connections and patterns coming through, more pieces of the puzzles coming together, informing and confusing at the same time.

cherry picking comes to mind. i think we all do this if research is involved. gather the bushel, sort out the best ones, put em in piles, and present them accordingly.

i think sites like this can shine brighter if they point the way towards others that do actually offer educational information. Education in this sense meaning to learn about the unknown.

Small theaters like this can be like a little conventions for smaller places to gather and shoot the sh*t...

IDK. just some thoughts about it all.

It Seems Thoughts are Valuable after all!

Too bad the world is in such a rush.

BTW, I don't think the world is so small after all.


 


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