Posts Tagged ‘Buzzfeed’

Trump Campaign Info Hub: Macedonia

November 8, 2016

Trump Campaign Info Hub: Macedonia

“Over the past year, the Macedonian town of Veles (population 45,000) has experienced a digital gold rush as locals launched at least 140 US politics websites. These sites have American-sounding domain names such as WorldPoliticus.com, TrumpVision365.com, USConservativeToday.com, DonaldTrumpNews.co, and USADailyPolitics.com. They almost all publish aggressively pro-Trump content aimed at conservatives and Trump supporters in the US.

The young Macedonians who run these sites say they don’t care about Donald Trump. They are responding to straightforward economic incentives: As Facebook regularly reveals in earnings reports, a US Facebook user is worth about four times a user outside the US. The fraction-of-a-penny-per-click of US display advertising — a declining market for American publishers — goes a long way in Veles. Several teens and young men who run these sites told BuzzFeed News that they learned the best way to generate traffic is to get their politics stories to spread on Facebook — and the best way to generate shares on Facebook is to publish sensationalist and often false content that caters to Trump supporters.”

— “How Teens In The Balkans Are Duping Trump Supporters With Fake News,” Craig Silverman and Lawrence Alexander, BuzzFeed

More:

“How Facebook powers money machines for obscure political ‘news’ sites,” Dan Tynan, The Guardian

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Adele Is Back … In a Skinny Little Box.

December 6, 2015

Adele Is Back ... In a Skinny Little Box.
Talented vocalist and songwriter Adele just released a recording of a new suite of original songs called 25 to great acclaim. It’s a bestseller even though it can’t be heard on Spotify or other streaming services. Some fans have downloaded the digital album from the Web, but many others have purchased it in solid form, as something called a Compact Disc or CD.

CD buyers receive a small square flat thing with Adele’s photo on it containing a round flat CD, an audio recording format popular from the 1980s until about 2004. There’s also a printed booklet with photos of the artist singing, playing the piano, and biting her fingernails (though not concurrently) and printed credits.

While Adele appeals to people of all ages, many younger fans have never owned an audio CD before and may be puzzled by the antique technology. Never fear, Buzzfeed’s Katie Notopoulos has written an illustrated guide “For Those Who Bought Adele’s CD And Don’t Know How To Play It.” Is it too early for Nobel Prize nominations?

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