Facebook and Twitter Psy-Ops

Britain to run Facebook and Twitter Psy-Ops

From Gizmodo:

A new group of soldiers, referred to as “Facebook Warriors” will ” wage complex and covert information and subversion campaigns […] These Facebook warriors will be using similar atypical tactics, through non-violent means, to fight their adversary. This will mainly be achieved through “reflexive control,” an old Soviet tactic of spreading specifically curated information in order to get your opponent to react in the exact way you want them to. It’s a pretty tricky trick, and the British army will be doing just that with 1,500-person (or more) troop using Twitter and Facebook as a means to spread disinformation, real war truths, and “false flag” incidents as well as just general intelligence gathering. The 77th battalion will reportedly begin operations in April [2015].

Welcome to the future, where fucking with your head is just part of what your tax dollars buys you. Do you think it is time to freak out now? Don’t. Just breathe. This is fine and I’ll tell you why.

When we find out that public opinion is curated, and that thought in a ‘free society’ is actually controlled, then it should make one wonder: Why? and maybe even: What can I do about it?

Want to hear something that I used to believe and no longer believe? Try this answer: Propaganda is the caused by Democracy. In a demotist system, where you count the votes of the masses, it is important to those in power that the masses vote the right way. Those in power use that power to ensure that the masses vote the right way. This is done through the process of ‘Public Relations’, also known as ‘Propaganda’ or even ‘Mind Control’, in addition to buying votes through redistribution.

Hmm. Is that right? Maybe there is more to it than ‘Democracy did it‘.

What’s the difference between Mind Control and Culture?

Very little actually. What is the sociological purpose of religion? Obviously it is to inculcate minds to a certain way of thinking, to a memeplex. If the way of thinking is true to God’s will (and the manifestation of his will in Nature), the those who hold those beliefs (the religious memeplex) should have a better chance at survival and reproduction. If the hosts of the memeplex survive and reproduce, then they will transfer the memeplex to the next generation. If they don’t survive, then the memeplex dies with them. The longer the memeplex survives, the more certain you can be that it is beneficial to its host group. What is the sociological purpose of the public school system? Pretty much the same thing. What is the sociological purpose of television and movies? Pretty much the same thing. It is important that the memeplexes of any host population be curated. So what we are seeing is just a progression of the same behavior through the technology of the period: Religion > Schools > Old Media (TV, Movies, Print) > New Media (the Web) > Social Media (Facebook, Twitter).

No matter what form of government you have, it will always be in the interest of those in power to program the minds of the others in the group to get a functional society and to build group cohesion. There is no need for moral judgement of this behavior. Santa requires you to be asleep when he brings toys: don’t judge Mommy and Daddy for telling you that, just be happy you got toys. If you are getting all judgy about that, you might be a Puritan.

Is the whole world a conspiracy?

Yes and No. This is just the way the world works. Mind control is just easier and more humane than beating people with sticks when they get out of line. If by conspiracy you mean that some people are attempting control you, and this is morally wrong because muh freedom! and all people should hold hands and sing Kumbaya together, so you’re going to label this behavior with the moral pejorative conspiracy, then Yes, the whole world is a conspiracy. If you remove the assumed moral judgement, and see that groups of smart people will work together to further their own interests and that this is just normal group behavior, then No the whole world is not a conspiracy. Again, it is only a conspiracy if you are getting Puritanically judgy about the practice.

Hell, it may just turn out that they are right and they really do know better than you what is good for you. Or it could end up killing us all. Time will tell. That’s the only way you know: if the programming perpetuates itself for long periods of time, that means it did not kill (too many of) its hosts and can therefore be viewed as beneficial.

Shouldn’t I be mad that I’m being mind-controlled?

No. Not really. Someone is going to mind-control you as you are probably not smart enough, or tough enough, or hardworking enough to truly be sovereign. Sovereignty is very hard work. Don’t kid yourself.

What can I do about mind control?

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Well, you can Kill Your Television™ and unplug and get off the grid and go live in a cave somewhere. That is an option, but it seems pretty nutty to me. Of course, you should not worry about what I think or even being happy, and just try to live your life in an interesting way. So living like that might actually be awesome. You would be closer to sovereign than most people, if that is your life’s goal.

Or you could be a keyboard warrior and rage on the internet about how unfair mind control is. But that seems pretty pointless too, and is a much less interesting way to spend your time than living like a nut off the grid.

Or you could realize that those who control minds probably deserve to be controlling minds. It is not always an easy gig, you need to be smart and hard-working to be really good at it. You could work to get in the club, join the CIA or ThinkProgress.

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Or you could do a better job of choosing just who is controlling your mind. Curate your media wisely. Read a book written before you were born. If mind control is used to direct a society, and curating the correct memeplex can be a matter of life and death for that society, then should you bet on programming that is 50 years old, or programming that is 2,000 years old? Here’s a thought: Don’t be a total modern-dildocratic-rainbow-parade-marching-zombie, do something that every modern movie and television show is programming you to believe is stupid (because it will program your brain with the wrong thoughts) — put down your phablet and go to Church. Put on a fucking suit, too, whydontcha?

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8 thoughts on “Facebook and Twitter Psy-Ops

  1. Every government depends to some degree on public opinion, and most therefore attempt to some extent to control public opinion. This is not necessarily a bad thing, I’m not sure.

    What sets Democracy apart is that it establishes public opinion as the legitimate basis of government. It is not really possible in a democratic system to criticise a government for being too responsive to public opinion (although people do quite often try), and so the problems of public opinion, notably the fact that the bulk of the resources controlled by the state (in its broadest sense) are employed in attempting to control public opinion, are loosened in a clearly pathological degree.

    This story is about the broad-state/narrow-state distinction: while the government sector viewed practically contains organs such as parties, pressure groups and media systems devoted to control of public opinion, the narrowly defined state institutions of civil and military services are traditionally not supposed to be used to that end. The reason it is happening now is that the scale of state control of public opinion has grown so vast that the old prohibitions on narrow state participation are rightly seen as an irrelevance.

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  2. I don’t believe you know how this game is really played. They need Mind Control and Propaganda and False Consensus because they CAN’T KNOCK YOU OVER THE HEAD. All those pretty toys flying over enemy skies with roughnecks at the controls, they are Men of the West like you. The Chinese are unethical enough to join an army and shoot and gun down their neighbors because life is cheap in the Turd World, where freedom is just a word and dictators are the only continuity in a corrupt swarm of hungry mouths seeking to put something into their empty stomachs to soothe their empty heads.
    In the West, community is not a prison of the soul with thugs guarding the gates of a criminal elite. The criminal elite here are aliens who have sorely misjudged their environment. They come to America from the raw sewage of inferior stocks who will breed with anything during mating season. They imagine Americans will be satisfied with less if they are conditioned to accept a new “normal”. Let this be their last battlefield. Let their hubris be their epitaph along with all the other fools who believed that they were not mere mortals but gods. The Gods laugh at those mere mortals that dare challenge them from the mud puddles and tiny molehills of the ephemeral material world. But still will they act to slap down these pretenders, and raise a mighty champion to slay and humiliate these petty tyrants who have dared to offend them in the High Heavens beyond their sight.

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