Does Barack Obama have more fake followers on Twitter than Mitt Romney? A new app from London-based social management company StatusPeople suggests POTUS might have a higher percentage of faux followers than his opponent in this year’s presidential election. But before you send The Commander in Chief an angry tweet, be aware that the app’s creators don’t claim their tool is totally accurate yet. advertisement advertisement (You can learn more about the Fakers app in Amber Mac’s Fast Company post). The StatusPeople Fakers app runs a scan on a user’s most recent followers (up to 10,000) and attempts to determine how many of those followers might be fake. “On a very basic level spam accounts tend to have few or no followers and few or no tweets. But in contrast they tend to follow a lot of other accounts,” the app’s creators wrote in their FAQ. According to the app, Barack Obama‘s Twitter audience is 41% fake, and 29% of the … [Read more...] about Barack Obama’s Most Recent Twitter Followers Are More Fake Than Mitt Romney’s: StatusPeople
My interview with Republican media strategist Rick Wilson came under somewhat ironic circumstances at the Fast Company Innovation Festival last week in New York City. While we sat discussing the meltdown of American democratic standards in the Trump Age upstairs from the festival’s main stage, people had sealed off the building for a security check before the appearance of Trump’s friend and supporter Kanye West. West would say during the appearance that he may run for president in 2024. advertisement advertisement It is exactly this kind of statement that Wilson now uses his influence to fight against—though that wasn’t always the case. Wilson is best known for creating GOP TV ads that bedeviled opposing Democratic campaigns, such as the controversial 2008 spot featuring disturbing soundbites from the sermons of Barack Obama’s pastor, Jeremiah Wright. But these days, Wilson is a public speaker, author, and Twitter celebrity who … [Read more...] about How Democrats can beat Trump in 2020: data science and fighting dirty
In his directorial debut, Scott Z. Burns—the screenwriter of The Bourne Ultimatum, The Informant!, and Contagion—managed to condense a 6,700-page government report into a geopolitical thriller that’s actually thrilling. And, equally important, it’s the kind of honest analysis of governmental accountability that’s missing in our current post-truth era of “alternative facts.” advertisement advertisement The Report follows Daniel Jones (Adam Driver), the former Senate staffer who was tasked to lead an investigation into the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation techniques” on al-Qaeda detainees following the attacks of September 11. The more Jones tugs at the strings of the case, the more entangled it becomes in cover-ups, misinformation, and political agendas. In real life, Jones spent five years digging and prodding (and resisting attempts to silence him) before his Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture was … [Read more...] about ‘The Report’ is a thriller about how we entered the post-truth era
As Mitt Romney was solidifying his spot as the front-runner in the 2012 Republican primary, Barack Obama came out with a devastating campaign ad. Romney, an accomplished businessman who cofounded private equity firm Bain Capital in 1984, was running on his ability to resuscitate a struggling economy. But Obama’s team, seizing on the populist mood of the time, flipped the script. In a two-minute ad that ran in multiple states, the Obama campaign described in excruciating detail how Bain Capital would buy a business, saddle it with debt, and then sell it for parts. “They came in and sucked the life out of us,” said a former steel mill worker whose factory went bankrupt shortly after it was acquired by the firm. Another called Romney a “job destroyer.” advertisement advertisement One high-profile Obama ally who didn’t join in the Bain bashing was the Massachusetts governor, Deval Patrick. Throughout the campaign, Patrick, … [Read more...] about Can Deval Patrick convince voters his work at Bain Capital was a force for good?
We do not, in fact, live in a post-racial society. Despite such ecstatic proclamations to the contrary after Barack Obama was elected president five years ago, and recent declarations from the GOP, racism is still very much here. It doesn’t always manifest as prominently as in the trials of certain celebrity chefs, though. Way too many people casually commit offensive acts of racism on a regular basis, perhaps without even realizing it. Recently, 19-year-old Korean-American photographer Kiyun sought to raise awareness of some of the more quiet instances of racism found in every day life. She instructed her friends from Fordham University to write down on a sheet of cardboard the “microaggressions”–or common racial slights that don’t seem to stem from a place of hatred–which they experience with any regularity. The results will hopefully have a lot of people examining their own behaviors. Some of the cardboard posters point to a problem with … [Read more...] about “What Are You?” And Other Casually Racist Slights–Visualized