Astroturfing (2016)

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CharStiles.com/astroturf.html

Astroturfing is defined as “the practice of masking the sponsors of a message or organization to make it appear as though it originates from and is supported by a grassroots participant(s)” The largest exporter of online astroturfing is the Chinese Government’s 50 Cent Army (五毛党). There are millions of posts made by low paid workers to persuade the public’s opinion in favor for the government. This piece takes all the questions in posts made by these workers. They are very subtle in their work, and a question is enough to make one wonder.

Read Digital America’s Journalist Kevin Johnson response to Astroturfing here.

Exhibited:

Digital America’s Issue no. 9.

Apple Pie: An American Art Show
10 March 2017
Group Exhibition at Goodyear Arts, Charlotte, NC

Shortlisted for Akademie Schloss Solitude and ZKM | Center for Art and Media’s web residency. The call for proposals on the topic »Blowing the Whistle, Questioning Evidence« was curated and juried by Tatiana Bazzichelli, artistic director of the Diruption Network Lab, Berlin.