Secrets of Social Media: Manipulating the Democratic Process?

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  1. JulieW

    JulieW Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    Extraordinary clip that covers the team who worked on the social media campaign for the Libs at last election, describing the use of an avalanche of memes to drive the Shorten-Tax message (with the best ever slogan "the Bill Australia can't afford").

    Watch from 32 minutes in for the meat of the matter



    Interesting also to view in the light of the distortion by the social media team of actual Labor policies - described in one of the YouTube comments as being "a social media firehose of attention-grabbing, emotion-manipulating lies".

    As in many areas, social media and the internet have moved too fast for law. A blitz of memes giving a 1.7 second message, reducing arguments and policy to an emotional response is hardly producing an election result from a population that has considered policies, proposals and political stances and come to a considered voting position.

    This may be the start of an argument against compulsory voting!
     
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    Social media isn’t doing it... people are?
     
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    JulieW Well-Known Member Silver Stacker

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    Care to expand on that IPV? I'm not sure what the "it" is.
     
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    We have come a long way (due to advancement in IT) from when a catchy tune was the centre of a campaign.

     
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    It seems the term "manipulation" is now used loosely as a common phrase to describe anguish at something not going one's way.
    Whether it be silver price, or lefty vote count, it now merely insinuates foul play in a lame attempt to deflect blame.
    It makes my eyes glaze over.

    IMHO, in this last election social media did not manipulated anything, but rather enlightened the masses. Enlightened them in a way that would not be possible if the job was left to idiots like Waleed and Grimshaw.

    If the left want to cry about social media memes, then they shouldn't have written the book on it - they seem to have a very short memory in regards to the Mediscare campaign.

    Rather than looking for any scapegoat possible, maybe they should look at their shit policies?
     
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