Monday, October 23, 2017

trolls (reruns remix)

for clarification: there are different kinds of trolls. but the uber-indoctrinated and the paid misinformants do have a common goal, to derail any rational discourse that might be happening. they give themselves away by the methods they use to achieve this goal.

do you repeat platitudes and share memes without putting any thought into what it is you are saying?  you might be a troll.  do you prefer your news emotionally charged? do you self identify as a member of a certain group?  do you get upset when the doctrine of said group is questioned?  you might be a troll.  do you only recognize arguments that either appeal to emotion or appeal to authority, rather than reason?  you might be a troll.  are you being paid to forcefeed the public a certain perspective or opinion?  do you hide under bridges and only come out to attack?  you most definitely are a troll.  and it really makes no difference which kind you are, when the end result is always the same.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

question

if you remove all the fallacies from the news, if you remove the divisive rhetoric and the emotional triggers, and the attempts to tell people what to think, is there anything left?

propaganda 101


when it's about divisive rhetoric it's not about facts,
it's about emotional manipulation.
it's about creating an image of the bad guys
to scare us into joining the group to fight the evil.
it's about twisting the facts and presenting them in such a way
that truth and knowledge is no longer a part of the equation.
it's about stirring the shit and keeping us fighting each other
instead of working together to solve the problems.
don't call it facts.
if any of it were truly factual
they wouldn't be telling us what to think,
they wouldn't be hiding information
that might lead some to disagree
with what they want us to think.
if it were true, they wouldn't be so afraid
of anyone doing any thinking for themselves.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

corporate dominance and aggression

we shouldn't have to opt out
the lack of a "no" isn't consent
to assume that yes is implied
is what makes this a rape culture