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    Why Americans are such easy targets for trolls and bots

    Why Americans are such easy targets for trolls and bots



    The only real defense against bots and trolls is an intellectual offense, and we aren’t ready for it.....


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    Re: Why Americans are such easy targets for trolls and bots

    I would like to blame our Department of Education, but the right wing already got their tax cut.

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    Re: Why Americans are such easy targets for trolls and bots

    American's have a long history of buying snake-oil from medicine show barkers.

    It surprises me none we are in the fix we are in now.

    Just can't fix stupid I suppose.

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    Re: Why Americans are such easy targets for trolls and bots

    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue Valley View Post
    Why Americans are such easy targets for trolls and bots



    The only real defense against bots and trolls is an intellectual offense, and we aren’t ready for it.....
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    Re: Why Americans are such easy targets for trolls and bots

    Quote Originally Posted by Rogue Valley View Post
    Why Americans are such easy targets for trolls and bots



    The only real defense against bots and trolls is an intellectual offense, and we aren’t ready for it.....
    I came to a similar conclusion after my first temp ban on this site: In The Age of Artificial Stupidity We Believe Everything on the Internet: – JohnJFalco.com
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    Re: Why Americans are such easy targets for trolls and bots

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain America View Post
    American's have a long history of buying snake-oil from medicine show barkers.
    Capitalism benefits snake-oil salesmen and other con artists. It's not surprising there are more of them around here than in other countries.

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    Re: Why Americans are such easy targets for trolls and bots

    If someone reads something they want to believe, nothing else matters.

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    Re: Why Americans are such easy targets for trolls and bots

    Political advertising/salesmanship is no different than any other advertising/salesmanship. 15% of folks will try any new product, 15% will never try a new product and the remaining 70% are subject to the influence of advertising/salesmanship.
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    Re: Why Americans are such easy targets for trolls and bots

    I don't know about that.

    We have ~ 350 million people in this country and you only hear about the stupid ones.

    It's like internet scams. They written in a transparently phony way so "normal" people will just ignore it, but only the most gullible will respond. The most gullible are your target audience. And I argue there aren't that many of them. But with the internet you can reach 100 million people for $100 bucks. It's just a numbers game. One out of a million is 100 suckers.

    It just seems common due to publicity.
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    Re: Why Americans are such easy targets for trolls and bots

    Quote Originally Posted by ttwtt78640 View Post
    Political advertising/salesmanship is no different than any other advertising/salesmanship. 15% of folks will try any new product, 15% will never try a new product and the remaining 70% are subject to the influence of advertising/salesmanship.
    Actually, my research shows that its about 25% who are helpless before persuasion.

    That's about how many people believe nonsense, across ideologies.

    Check it out the next time you see a poll about some ridiculous concept being believed by people. It'll be a bout 25%.
    Anyone wondering what I'm talking about start here:
    The Psychology of Persuasion

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