I just read the this article: Trump’s Digital Advantage is Freaking out Democratic Strategist. It is a NYT’s opinion piece.
I know and have known about the use of collecting our data to sell us stuff. The concern for me is that there is almost no way for an individual to stop having their self tracked and mined any more based on this article. What is worse though than just having it used to sell me stuff is having it used as what clearly has become psych ops. We are clearly in the subliminal suggestion pathway to influencing personality.
Steven Livingston, a professor of media and public affairs and director of the Institute for Data, Democracy and Politics at George Washington University, has been tracking this sub rosa electioneering in the current election cycle.
Livingston described “these digital shadow campaigns” as “analogous to and perhaps an actual digital manifestation of ‘dark money’ influence campaigns.” In addition, he continued,
Overwhelmingly, these pages and groups do not have ownership declarations or Facebook verifications. We simply do not know what other digital properties might be operated by common sources with the groups. There is money being spent but we don’t know the sources. It is unaccountable spending.
The article notes the difference in expenditures on digital processes between the Trump and Clinton campaign (it was big) and that the Trump campaign has been developing obstructive since. This is the point I present my political ad: Time for the 1% who are still on the left to start spending their money to combat the money infrastructure the right has built. I’m talking to you Bloomberg and Steyer instead of for office.