Beyond Social Media Show, Episode 200
Co-hosts B.L. Ochman and David Erickson discuss Facebook’s admission that it ran 3000+ political ads paid for by Kremlin-linked propagandists, the “Calling Bullshit” college course, Values job search, hilarious Trump parodies,draw your search, Cloudvertising, Verizon’s fake unlimited plans, a cultural fit job site, how to have video calls with your cat, an app that turns your phone into a portable podcast studio, social accountability for brands and much, much more. SUBSCRIBE: iTunes or Google Play or Stitcher or iHeart Radio.
Best Digital Cases
“Calling Bullshit” Is the Online College Course for Our Times
University of Washington’s 10-week seminar, enticingly titled “Calling Bullshit in the Age of Big Data” begins in March.The synopsis of the course:”Our world is saturated with bullshit. Learn to detect and defuse it.”
- “Calling Bullshit” Is the College Course for Our Times – Here’s How You Can Take It Online
- Calling Bullshit Course Syllabus
- Howard Rheingold’s Crap Detection Resources
- Carl Sagan’s “The Fine Art of Baloney Detection”
Cultural Job Searches
Key Values is a job search site that puts all the emphasis on a cultural fit between prospective employee and employer.
Viral Hoaxes About Hurricane Harvey
The shark is not swimming down the street. It was not swimming down the (same) street during Hurricane Matthew. It wasn’t swimming in the aftermath of Sandy. And most of the other pictures of sharks swimming where people were are fake, too.
— Jason Michael (@Jeggit) August 28, 2017
Data Visualization Storytelling
How To Fix A Toilet is a superb example of using data visualization in storytelling.
Parody Project takes aim at Trumpy
The Parody Project has posted two hilarious videos making fun of Trump in parodies of “The Boxer” and “The Sounds of Silence.”
Why advertise like everyone else when you can cloudvertise?! It’s a goofy looking website with some fun ideas.
Worst Digital Cases
Facebook Owns Up to Running 3000 Ads Paid by Russians During 2016 Election
Facebook, which tracks your every breath in real time, just owned up to running more than $100K in Russian backed ads during the election. Unfortunately, only those targeted by the advertiser are likely to have seen the ads, making their influence basically untrackable.
- Fake Russian Facebook Accounts Bought $100,000 in Political Ads
- Russian firm tied to pro-Kremlin propaganda advertised on Facebook during election
- The Agency
- Help Us Monitor Political Ads Online: ProPublica launches a “PAC” to scrutinize campaign ads on Facebook
- An Update On Information Operations On Facebook
North Korea’s Weird Propaganda Dance Video
Given Trump’s obsession with television and video, this ad was probably aimed at him. It shows Korean Troops with impressive dance moves, against a backdrop of tanks, bombs and goose stepping soldiers.
Verizon’s good unlimited data plan is now three bad unlimited plans
Verizon’s three new monthly plans are chock-full of fine print and caveats – ana a threat to net neutrality. All customers are about to face significant new limits and restrictions around video streaming.
Shiny New Stuff
Chat with your pet via this video conferencing app.
Bumpers -portable podcast studio for iPhone
Bumpers turns your phone into a mobile podcasting studio where you can create, record, edit and share your own podcast episodes
An AI-powered app will rate your logo.
The Daily Numbers