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Moneyed, but Popular? Jeb Bush’s #RightToRise Hashtag Swamped by Hard Rock Band

Jeb Bush’s campaigns are gloating right now. Sure, Jeb Bush’s official campaign, which is limited to accepting only a few thousand dollars per donor, is doing poorly: it has raised just $11.4 million so far this year. But Jeb Bush’s shadow Super PAC campaign, with which it is in close coordination in possible violation of […]

Grassroots? Jeb Bush Right to Rise Hashtag goes Empty

January 7, 2015: Jeb Bush announces the launch of his Twitter hashtag #RightToRise

April 1-3, 2015: a grand total of 12 people Tweet using the #RightToRise hashtag on Twitter. Messages include:

@actdontreact: #righttorise is like #righttowork. It’s nothing of the sort! #JebBush2016

gift2usa: RT @TheNotoriousJEB: I’m running for president because everyone has the #RightToRise. #Viagra

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Is There An App For Going Off The Grid?

Sometimes, what’s more important than the words in the message that a person sends is the context of their communication. That’s the case with the image you see below.

This image was downloaded from GettyImages.com, then uploaded onto Pinterest.com in order to direct people to an article on HuffingtonPost.com, sponsored by Stayfree.com with a […]

Jeb Bush #RightToRise Twitter Campaign Goes Flaccid

On January 7, Jeb Bush issued a challenge to all of his “followers” on Twitter: Show your support for the Jeb Bush for President campaign by posting a message with the #RightToRise hashtag. “Is something holding you back from achieving your #AmericanDream? Tell us! #RightToRise”.

The tone of the responses has not been quite what […]

Donald Trump Wants To Run For President On The Basis Of Phony Social Media

Frequently bankrupt real estate tycoon Donald Trump is playing the same publicity game he’s played over the last two presidential election cycles. He’s saying that he’s “thinking” about running for President in 2016.

What does that that mean, that Trump is “thinking” about running for President? I can think of an elephant without being an […]

Ben Carson for President Tweets … A Deluge or a Trickle?

Earlier this week, J. Clifford used Google Trends, a tracking of search engine volume, to assess the success of Ben Carson’s self-paid infomerical over the weekend of November 8-9. To follow up on that assessment, I decided to look at the volume of Twitter posts with the text “Ben Carson for President” since that weekend. […]

With Zero Ebola in the United States, the #Obola Meme Spreads Virally

November 10: Craig Spencer, the last Ebola Patient in the United States, is declared virus free, bringing the number of people infected with Ebola in the United States to Zero.

Number of posts on Twitter on November 11 using the #Obola hashtag to criticize Barack Obama’s policy for containing Ebola in the United States: 245

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What “Filing a Republican Candidate in Every District” Looks Like in Maine

“Surprisingly surprising is the politics of politics.”– Maine State Representative Jennifer DeChant

In the Spring of 2014, the Maine Republican Party political director Justin Richards declared his party had a new strength. “The Maine Senate is absolutely a target for us and the House is a top target as well. The reason,” said Richards, “is […]

Americans’ Ebola Panic Reveals Afrophobia with No Sense of Scale

This morning, J. Clifford reports that people have called for the cancellation of flights from West Africa in order to stop Ebola, but refuse to take far simpler steps that would save many more lives. J. Clifford’s point is valid, but there are even more irrational reactions to Ebola surfacing in America.

Yesterday, someone at […]

Was I a Troll Boy?

This image presents a real conversation over social media taking place in the last 24 hours. My correspondent: a social media agency, whose identity is obscured to protect the… well… you decide.

You won’t be able to find this conversation any longer; my comments have been deleted, and I’ve been banned from commenting on the […]

Dedicated Denial Of Service At Ello

Social networking web sites are no fun any more, says Paul Budnitz, founder of Ello. Ello is a relatively new social networking site that promises not to engage in electronic surveillance of its users, as Facebook, Twitter, and the other big social media sites do.

The Ello manifesto reads: “Your social network is owned by […]