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Facebook proudly advertises ability to sway elections

  • The website where Facebook pitches its ad offerings to the clients that buy up user data for advertising includes a new kind of case study:
  • The campaign to re-elect Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey to the United States Senate.
  • Facebook shows off the way Toomey’s campaign used Facebook to spread the “best content to influence voters,” as New York Times writer John Herrman pointed out on Tuesday.
  • “This campaign used a made-for-Facebook, audience-specific content strategy to significantly shift voter intent and increase favorability for a U.S. Senate candidate from Pennsylvania, contributing to his re-election,” Facebook says on its pitch site for selling ads.
  • Toomey’s online ad buys, according to Facebook, resulted in a 19.4% increase in “voter intent” among women age 45-54, as well as a 10.5% increase for all people age 55-64.
  • The online social network is highlighting the Toomey campaign’s ability to make ads that performed exceptionally well on Facebook even as it downplays the ability of the site to influence elections. Read more (3/1/17 10:58 AM)

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‘Twin Peaks’: Your A to Z Guide

MAJOR SPOILER ALERT

A: Angelo Badalamenti
“Where we’re from, the birds sing a pretty song and there’s always music in the air.”
That music – as indispensable to to the series as Dale Cooper or donuts and coffee – is the work of Lynch’s longtime musical collaborator Angelo Badalamenti, whose suite of lush leitmotifs made the show sound like a world all its own. Twin Peaks without the composer’s sumptuous synths is like Psycho without Bernard Herrman’s screeching strings, or Jaws without John Williams’s menacing “dun-DUN-dun-DUNs.” This clip of the composer explaining how he and Lynch came up with “Laura Palmer’s Theme” shows how much heart and soul he poured into every note.

B: Bob
Lynch was filming a scene for the pilot in which the late Laura Palmer’s mother sits bolt upright and screams. Then he noticed a face in the mirror behind her – the same face he himself saw when its owner, an actor turned set dresser named Frank Silva, crouched behind Laura’s bed to dodge the camera for a different shot. From this sinister coincidence was born Bob, the demonic rapist and murder from the otherworldly Black Lodge who began the series by killing Laura Palmer and ended it by possessing Agent Dale Cooper. Thanks to his malevolent presence, no show has ever been scarier.

I wrote about the many-faceted magic of Twin Peaks, from Angelo Badalamenti to Grace Zabriskie, for Rolling Stone.

Ed Herrmann read every piece of fan mail that came in and would write back.
—  Star Herrman (Gilmore Girls Fan Fest Panel) [x]
  • Yeah Fitz’s dad is a fucking douchebag dick. Like on par with Herrman’s dad from PacRim
  • DAISY BEING SO HAPPY TO HEAR ABOUT TRIPP IS SO PRECIOUS UGH MY HEART
  • Also if Aida wants to become a real girl, that will be the trippiest shit ever
  • YES RADCLIFF CALLING OUT FITZ’S DAD IS THE BEST
    • Welp now he’s getting the shit beat outta him which sucks but it was still awesome
  • I’m so happy to hear Phil say “Save the World” again
  • BIG DAMN HEROES MOMENT