"Once again, it's the time of the season, when love runs high. And this time, give it to me easy and let me try with pleasured hands, to take you in the sun to promised lands to show you every one." OK, how many of you recognized the lyrics to the Zombies' "Time of the Season"? But is that time again: to announce the CRM Watchlist 2019 winners, to explain some of my findings, and to explain why I did what I did. So, let's begin with some observations about this year's award – and some of my gleanings from the submissions that might be of interest to you all reading this. Here's the order of things: The context for the CRM Watchlist in 2019Differences with the CRM Watchlist 2017Observations on the awards"Trends" of interest from the submissionsWhat all the winners and all others can get from me And the winners…The 2020 awards & registrationOther notables The Context for the CRM Watchlist in 2019 One thing must always be front and center … [Read more...] about CRM Watchlist 2019: And the winners are….
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Last August, Zac Plansky woke to find that the rifle scopes he was selling on Amazon had received 16 five-star reviews overnight. Usually, that would be a good thing, but the reviews were strange. The scope would normally get a single review a day, and many of these referred to a different scope, as if they’d been cut and pasted from elsewhere. “I didn’t know what was going on, whether it was a glitch or whether somebody was trying to mess with us,” Plansky says. As a precaution, he reported the reviews to Amazon. Most of them vanished days later — problem solved — and Plansky reimmersed himself in the work of running a six-employee, multimillion-dollar weapons accessory business on Amazon. Then, two weeks later, the trap sprang. “You have manipulated product reviews on our site,” an email from Amazon read. “This is against our policies. As a result, you may no longer sell on Amazon.com, and your listings have been removed from our … [Read more...] about Prime and punishment
It was an awful weekend of hate-fueled violence, ugly rhetoric, and worrisome retreats from our democratic ideals. Today I’m focused on two ways of framing what we’re seeing, from the United States to Brazil. While neither offers any comfort, they do give helpful names to phenomena I expect will be with us for a long while. The first is stochastic terrorism: “The use of mass, public communication, usually against a particular individual or group, which incites or inspires acts of terrorism which are statistically probable but happen seemingly at random.” I encountered the idea in a Friday thread from data scientist Emily Gorcenski, who used it to tie together four recent attacks. In her thread, Gorcenski argues that various right-wing conspiracy theories and frauds, amplified both through mainstream and social media, have resulted in a growing number of cases where men snap and commit violence. “Right-wing media is a gradient pushing rightwards, toward … [Read more...] about Why social media is friend to far-right politicians around the world
In 2015, Time Inc., the listing titan of 20th-century publishing, bought FanSided—a network of more than 300 sport- and team-centric blogs producing the sort of easily digestible and SEO-friendly posts that exist purely to show up near the top in Google searches—and attached it to their legacy publication, Sports Illustrated. This year, the Meredith Corporation, backed by the Koch brothers, bought Time Inc., gobbling up both properties, among many others. Lost in these shifting corporate ownerships and sought-after synergies is FanSided’s production class: thousands of workers who write thousands of posts each month for little or no money. This work was done first for the benefit of FanSided and then for the benefit of the much larger Time Inc.; now it is being done for the benefit of the even larger Meredith Corporation, which is currently trying to sell off Sports Illustrated, and FanSided along with it. No matter who owns FanSided, though, its business model … [Read more...] about FanSided, Sports Illustrated’s Slimy Appendage, Reeks Of Exploitation