posted on 29 August 2016
Written by Frank Li
This post was triggered by this article: Time: How Trolls Are Running the Internet. I like Joel Stein and have been reading his weekly column (in Time) for years, always with caution though (Brainwashing in Communism and in Democracy). But I must admit that I agree with this recent article of his 100%!
In this post, I will add my extra two cents, from an angle totally different from Joel’s …
With two books and 300 articles out, I consider myself a serious author. I could not have done it without the Internet. The Internet is great!
Today, everybody and anybody can publish a book, thanks to self-publishing (e.g. @Amazon.com). But as always, selling remains the biggest challenge.
How about selling via the Internet as well?
Here is what I have experimented:
Let me elaborate my experience on each ...
2. IBD-Editorial's discussion forum
Unfortunately, the IBD-Editorial's discussion forum was too democratic to be any good, with a few mobs ruling all the time. Specifically,
After a few months of experimentation, I left. Today, that forum no longer exists - IBD shut it down for lack of value, I guess ...
3. Trump-support groups in Facebook
I officially endorsed Trump on March 2, 2016 (Okay, It's Donald Trump!). In late April, I started using Facebook as a marketing tool by joining 20 Trump-support groups (the bigger, the better) at a time.
Here is a summary of my experience with many Trump-support groups:
Here is one exception: I became a "moderator" in one of the biggest sites, which allowed me to "pin" my posts. A pinned post stays as the first post on the entry page of the site, thus attracting more eye balls.
Better yet, this site gave me one whole week (from July 31 to August 6) to pin my posts, thus differentiating itself from the crowd, supposedly. Here is the result:
Joel Klein has put it really well: we are "losing the Internet to the culture of hate ... Tyranny of the mob!"
It's astonishing to see the amount of bashing on the Internet (e.g. candidates bashing, Islam bashing, and even Pope bashing), all in the name of free speech, with a twist of “only if I like” in censorship!
It's time for us all to realize that and do something about it before it's too late!
The Internet is a great thing! But it has also proven to be hugely destructive, not only in America, but also in the Mideast (see the video below).
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