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Placing Media in Conservative Culture
Republican voters often see politics as an ideological battle between liberalism and
conservatism, but do not necessarily share the policy agenda of their elected leadership.
Linking right-leaning citizens with elite political goals, the conservative movement
created a multimedia infrastructure to communicate with the Republican electoral base
and counteract mainstream institutions. Republican elites, activists, and voters now rely
on conservative media, even sometimes empowering Fox News Channel, talk radio,
and conservative websites over party leaders. This media environment set the stage for
the rise of Donald Trump, who consciously shaped his messages to appeal to voters
based on conservative media concerns and styles.
6 days ago by henryfarrell
Mark Zuckerberg’s Hearings Were Facebook’s and Silicon Valley’s Ultimate Debut | WIRED
spent 14 years at Microsoft, and now sits on a half-dozen startup boards, most people don’t understand how “free” products work. “The way in which [Facebook] makes money exceeds most normies’ comprehension abilities.” He notes that advertising businesses like Facebook use the information a user uploads, which can be controlled to some degree through privacy settings. But they also use information derived from a user’s actions on the platform—what pages she visits, for example, and in what order. “Everything one does on the platform, even launching the app, provides Facebook with yet another sliver of insight,” he says. To the degree consumers are uncomfortable, he says, “all the privacy controls in the world won’t change that.”
7 days ago by henryfarrell
Diamond and Silk Expose Facebook's Burden of Moderation | WIRED
It was. Lynette "Diamond" Hardaway and Rochelle "Silk" Richardson are biological sisters and black conservative internet personalities who became famous before the 2016 presidential election for being vocal supporters—and paid consultants—of Trump's campaign. They boast a particularly strong following on Facebook, where their audience has ballooned to 1.5 million followers. But in September, the sisters claim, Facebook began limiting the reach of their videos, and earlie
9 days ago by henryfarrell

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