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Astroturfing: How To Spot A Fake Movement

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If the Reopen America protests seem a little off to you, that's because they are. In this video we're going to talk about astroturfing and how insidious it is. - Second Thought

Some Resources:

Domains registered to Dorr brothers and other interests: https://www.domaintools.com/resources...
Analysis of the Reopen domains https://krebsonsecurity.com/2020/04/w...
Study on Astroturfing: https://www.mdpi.com/2076-0760/8/2/38...
Jeff Nesbit’s book on the Tea Party: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...
Operation Earnest Voice: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operati...
Citizens for a Sound Economy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Citizen...

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Films For Action is a library for people who want to change the world.

 

Our mission is to provide citizens with the knowledge and perspectives essential to creating a more beautiful, just, sustainable, and democratic society.

Films For Action was founded in 2006 by a few friends in Lawrence, Kansas, after realizing how essential healthy media is to a healthy democracy.

Over the last 15 years, we've reviewed and curated over 1,000 free documentaries and 4,000 short films, plus over 150 pay-per-view documentaries, spanning 34 topics related to changing the world.

During this time we've been able to reach tens of millions of people - not by owning a TV network or spending truckloads of cash on advertising, but because millions of awesome people keep sharing 'films for action' with their friends on social media - in particular, our 850,000 supporters on Facebook and 70,000 site members. 

One of the coolest things is, thanks to our patrons, our library is ad-free and 100% supported by member donations, while 99% of our library is free to access and always will be. The pay-per-view films on our site, of course, help support the filmmakers, and 90-100% of the revenue for PPV films hosted by us goes to the filmmakers. 

To thank our $5/mo patrons, we partner with filmmakers and distributors to provide free access to a growing number of films that are normally pay-per-view. With just 20 highly curated films at the moment, it's basically a very, very tiny Netflix for world changers, but its main function is to support the library as a whole.

If you'd like to know more, want to help out, or you're a filmmaker looking to collaborate, feel free to get in touch!

Cheers,  Tim Hjersted