Wednesday, November 19, 2014

History Made by President

At lunch today, President Obama released a statement teasing his announcement regarding immigration.  Granted, the President can command the airtime from the networks, but he went to his Facebook page to make a video pitch.  OK, that's happened before -- classic be the media work.

CNN ran the video clip in its entirety.  And they didn't say a word.  No complaints about access.  No raising questions about the validity of the President going direct to the people.  No editing of the video or using it as b-roll.

THAT is a change that should be noted by all.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Auto Posting = This

I've railed to all of you about the bad policy, the downtrend impact, the just plain laziness of automatic social media -- whether it is cross platform posting or . . . . .


Oh, I give you both the link, and the full text of the link to read.

If this cannot convince you of the moronic nature of auto posting, I cannot help you.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Just Another Crimson Day

It shouldn't come as a great shock that a Harvard utilized photos of students in class as a part of a study on attendance.  After all, as this Chronicle of Higher Ed story notes, Harvard also sifted through resident dean email accounts trying to find a leaker.

Why no shock?  People, please.  The greatest personal data mining operation in the history of the world was invented there.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

What Were They Thinking?

A little more ominous than "experimenting" on sentiment and motion with Facebook users, this note from the Chronicle.  Stanford and Dartmouth apologizing for fake mailers sent by political science profs to see if they could alter the outcome of elections in Montana.

Not sure what part of this is the most disturbing.

We get enough manipulative mailers from corporations and dark money groups. How did these academics think it was OK to join in?

Two coastal private schools thought they'd just experiment in Montana? Because it was isolated? It was flyover country? It wasn't California or New Hampshire?

Read more:

A political-science study that involved a deceptive mailing to Montana voters raises questions about a new research trend.

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