Sunday, June 3, 2012

Propaganda

“We rely on media to serve as our window on the world, but media can also distort what we see. It can act as a lens or as a filter, enlarging some topics and minimizing others”
Propaganda is defined as “the systematic dissemination of information meant to support or discredit an idea.” A new study out of Georgia Tech [ link ] identifies four ways to recognize propaganda sent by political advocates over Twitter. They refer to them as hyper-advocates, whose actions separate them from typical users.
 
1. Sends high volumes of tweets over short periods of time;  2. Re-tweets while publishing little original content;  3. Quickly re-tweets others' content; and   4. Coordinates with other, seemingly unrelated users to send duplicate or near-duplicate messages on the same topic simultaneously.

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