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Top 10 Astroturfers

This article first posted in February of 2014   What’s most successful when it appears to be something it’s not? Astroturf. As in fake grassroots. The many ways that corporations, special interests and political interests of all stripes exploit media and the Internet to perpetuate astroturf is ever-expanding. Surreptitious astroturf methods are now more important […]

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Who’s pulling the media’s puppet strings?

There are widespread efforts to create what I call a false reality to engulf you when you’re exposed to most any forms of media. The idea is to give the impression there’s widespread support for or against an agenda–when there may not really be. Those behind the efforts to sway your opinion, sometimes using bullying tactics, […]

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Propaganda and Astroturf: Recognize it.

Here’s my TEDx talk on the increasingly artificial paid-for reality we get…and how to recognize the truth. “Astroturf seeks to manipulate you into changing your opinion by making it seem as if you’re an outlier–when you’re not.” “Hallmarks of astroturf and propaganda include use of inflammatory language such as quack, crank, nutty, pseudo, paranoid and […]

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