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Part of my Actionable post on this topic.
On the agenda, and I think well underway, are Orwellian programs based upon the psychological theories of Marty Seligman, among others. Seligman introduced the theory of “learned helplessness” in the 1960s, after shocking beagles until they cowered and urinated in their cages. Sigmund Freud’s nephew, Edward Bernays, created the modern field of public perception manipulation, and the U.S. government has extensively used his techniques. Coming from these theories is a massive DoD “war game” called Sentient World, where people are avatars who react to propaganda, events and “emergencies” and are gamed out, based upon data collected about us from government records and the Internet. With the BigBrother complex in place, it is not not difficult to imagine a sceanrio where every man, woman and child in the US can be rapidly “risk assessed” and dealt with accordingly.
All these schemes utilize black propaganda, aka “known lies.” I think there is a heavy emphasis on dirty tricks and psych-ops online. Much of it at this point may be coming from corporate and financial fascists. I was going to post Mark Grant’s latest excellent piece on Greece in the comments section. But while scanning it, I noticed something that illustrates my point: The first two posters, “Gene Marchbanks” and “financial apoca.” The pysch-ops operation tip off is their out-of-place, intentionally toxic, illogically negative comments, their artificiality, and the fact that they were the first to post within mere minutes to ensure their comment is the first seen.
These operatives — not trolls, in the normal sense — often use words like “dude” in a disparaging way. Readers and writers have to be strong and independent to not be impacted by barrages. What difference does this make you ask? Nothing, in isolation, but an onslaught of it compounds to the point where readers will avoid sites and refuse to engage in healthy debate. I think the trick for them is mostly to demoralize people (Seligman theory) to make them feel helpless. Then they tune out and can be controlled.
To illustrate this concept, contrast it with the very challenging disagreements I get on my Actionables site sometimes on my Iran writings from “crimsonghost.” His comments are heartfelt and reflect his underlying anti-war belief system, and are clearly those of an actual engaged person. Pysch-operators are nothing like this. Their “comments” merely exhibit a very strange, Orwellian-like artificial intelligence. It’s like night and day.
The psychops’ method also divides and conquers. I saw that first hand at the Americans Elect delegate leader site, where the AE staff couldn’t seem to separate honest disagreements from the pysch-ops campaigns that were being waged against them elsewhere and would negatively and defensively react to anyone who offered challenging questions or constructive criticisms.
There was a huge amount of psych-ops activity online when OWS was getting underway. But the OWS sites seemed to adapt and counter it, which leads me to believe there is software out there to address this issue. And the psych-ops tend to show up frequently when online publications and newspapers publish something controversial, or anti-sistema. I’ve encountered some of this, but obviously someone like Mark Grant, who exposes the truth as well as anybody, is in the cross hairs and has at least two psych-operators working him over at any given time. I guess I need to graduate to a higher place to earn that honor. I’m working on it. Welcome to Orwell’s 2012.