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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