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Facebook influence (mid Zuckerberg profile)
Facebook engineers became a new breed of behaviorists, tweaking levers of vanity and passion and susceptibility. The real-world effects were striking. In 2012, when Chan was in medical school, she and Zuckerberg discussed a critical shortage of organs for transplant, inspiring Zuckerberg to add a small, powerful nudge on Facebook: if people indicated that they were organ donors, it triggered a notification to friends, and, in turn, a cascade of social pressure. Researchers later found that, on the first day the feature appeared, it increased official organ-donor enrollment more than twentyfold nationwide.

Sean Parker later described the company’s expertise as “exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology.” The goal: “How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?” Facebook engineers discovered that people find it nearly impossible not to log in after receiving an e-mail saying that someone has uploaded a picture of them. Facebook also discovered its power to affect people’s political behavior. Researchers found that, during the 2010 midterm elections, Facebook was able to prod users to vote simply by feeding them pictures of friends who had already voted, and by giving them the option to click on an “I Voted” button. The technique boosted turnout by three hundred and forty thousand people—more than four times the number of votes separating Trump and Clinton in key states in the 2016 race. It became a running joke among employees that Facebook could tilt an election just by choosing where to deploy its “I Voted” button.
mediainfluence  two-step-flow  agendasetting  Facebook 
october 2018 by mrbennett
Darüber reden Talkshows in ARD und ZDF
Auswertung nach Themen
"132 von 478 Sendungen befassten sich mit islamistischem Terror, Rechtspopulismus in Deutschland, Flüchtlingen, Integration und Islam. Das entspricht 27,6%.

Auf soziale Gerechtigkeit (Rente, Miete, Löhne, …) entfielen: 8,5%.

Ach ja, Umwelt & Klima: 0,83%, Bildung: 0,62% …"
ARD  ZDF  Talkshows  Flüchtlinge  Agendasetting 
june 2018 by amprekord
Princeton prof wins MacArthur 'genius' grant for work on power of perception : Arts & Entertainment : WHYY
“The media doesn’t tell us what to think, it tells us what other people are thinking,” said Paluck. “Mass media and pop culture provide cues to what is socially acceptable and socially desirable. These perceptions might have a really big influence on how we behave.”
toleration  media  agendasetting  rolemodels  writing 
october 2017 by dmensing
Disproportionate coverage of Paris attacks vs Syria
The audience is also to blame:

… one Australian is worth five Americans, 20 Italians, 50 Japanese, 100 Russians, 500 Indians and 1000 Africans.
representation  mediainfluence  usesandgratifications  agendasetting 
may 2017 by mrbennett
The Trust Engineers - Radiolab
On Facebook's research that they're conducting on users without their knowledge. Also on the impact Facebook can have on voter turnout and on increasing the likelihood of people taking down photos by starting a conversation between users.
facebook  research  mediainfluence  agendasetting  two-step-flow 
march 2015 by mrbennett
Media coverage of Sydney siege shameful
Should the Sydney siege have been covered so endlessly? Or should there only have been sporadic updates?
Ethics  mediainfluence  agendasetting 
december 2014 by mrbennett
News media commits a no-no as TomTom shows its ta-tas in 'banned' ad
Sexy ad picked up by news organisations as having been 'banned', even though it wasn't. Scores heaps of free publicity and goes more viral.
regulation  asb  mediainfluence  agendasetting 
september 2014 by mrbennett
Lost in The Balkan Floods : The New Yorker
There's a flood in the Balkans, but no-one in the Western media covers it, at least not until Novak Djokovic raises the issue.
mediainfluence  agendasetting  two-step-flow 
june 2014 by mrbennett

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