Media’s Latest Conspiracy to Troll You on the Web
Fake news, tracking and targeting, subliminal messaging, repetition, distraction, and psychological manipulations by Trolls and Bots are not the only weapons they use to dumb you down and pump you up with their version of truth. Vanishing is their latest trick.
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The (fake) news media dilemma
Fake news and Web tracking and targeting, subliminal messaging, repetition, distraction, and psychological manipulations are not the only weapons they use to dumb you down and pump you up with their version of truth. It is not just Trolls and Bots we have to worry about, now. Vanishing is the latest trick used to conceal the truth and promote the lies.
I’ve written before about how television mainstream dumbs you down with clever psychologically aimed technical tricks in the actual image… largely relating their use of subliminal messaging, deliberate distraction, and overload. The general purpose being to further reduce the actual news you walk away with to the simplest of boiled-down sound bites… just the ones with their take on the news shaped for you according to whatever bias the network has at management level.
Elsewhere, there have been excellent examples of the use of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), also employed by broadcast media. It involves careful wording as well as clever body language to project the intended viewer/listener response to the message, within the message delivery, itself. It has been shown to be so powerful, a well trained user (a stage magician and hypnotist, who must rely on such deceits), was able to deliberately speed past a Cop and then use NLP to leave the traffic stop without the Officer even remembering why he had stopped him in the first place.
That kind of mis and disinformation borders on mind control, and in fact relies on mind control technology, psychological methodologies, and MC research by the likes of the Central Intelligence Agency. When the great bulk of media is controlled by fewer and fewer mega corps, and their corporate leaders tend to be like-minded politically, you get the double whammy of biased news and fake news (propaganda). That’s bad enough, but this article is about another dirty little trick… a bag of them, actually, used by all forms of Media when presenting ‘news’ online.
And, of course, we still apparently still have to contend with CIA’s Operation Mockingbird, the installation of CIA operatives within the media industry to help shape news to their preferred version. That, too, is something I’ve written about, at least in terms of its origins and history, and I’ve even been referenced as a resource in a more ‘official’ industry review of that topic by The Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press. But now, we see, actual ‘retired’ ‘once-a company man, always a company man’ CIA officials are becoming investors in and on-camera commentators in mainstream news. This Clyde Lewis Ground Zero episode reveals how serious a threat the placement of intelligence community actors in media actually is.
What News is supposed to look like
All news is supposed to contain the 5 Ws… Who, What, When, Where, and hoW. Ideally, we also need to know the S and M… the news Source and the Meaningfulness, often defined by Motive… the Why. That is supposed to be factual Motive, and not speculation, unless clearly presented as speculative commentary. Lately, that’s the greatest sin Media is guilty of; too much ‘news,’ today, is actually mere commentary… the propaganda version.
Generally, for some strange reason, it is also rare to get all those points, especially online. The most critical things useful for research tend to be left out, making it hard for pundits and anyone trying to chase down answers to hard questions because a given story fails to ‘compute.’ That is critical, if one is to find out more, and judge for one’s self what is true, and what is fake. This is particularly distressing when the potential for a conspiracy or cover up is apparent. While Sheeple don’t even see the glaring holes in the official story, people who think for themselves really want to know why those holes exist.
But we ‘conspiracy theorists’ and politically aware non sheeple are thwarted at almost every turn. Take for instance, the WHEN. It is extremely rare in online news reports to find out exactly when an event took place… esp. useful to insure the same news event you find is the one you wanted, because often, you might have two identical sounding stories in the same city, in different time frames. Most searches are best made by searching on the (event key details) plus the year, and perhaps, month.
But many reports do not cite the year, at all. The Web is smart, though, and it knows when a given URL was created. Unfortunately, many of the larger online news sources use a kind of ‘feeder board’ URL created way back when, which is updated with current news, only, older news dropping off. While the Web remembers what the page looks like when the story you are looking for took place… that story is no longer there when you go to find it. While you can search the archives if they bother to offer one, and PERHAPS find it, that is just one hurdle in the search.
Once you do have what seems to be a correct story’s article, it is amazing how many news reports fail to include the date in the byline at the top of the page. So you have no way to know when the person writing sat down to write the story. But even with a byline date, you still have a problem: is that date the date the news took place, the date they wrote the story, or the date it was posted? It can be any of the three.
Some stories are updates to older stories, so the byline is meaningless unless the story itself indicates the actual When it took place in the text. THEY SELDOM DO. Instead, they just say something like ‘Last Tuesday.’ Great. What day of the week is the date of the byline? Now I have to go search that out, to make certain of the When. Your average Sheeple is not going to bother.
This problem also exists elsewhere in the remaining Ws and the S and M. At least one such detail is usually omitted, and all-too often, several. Sometimes, it is something simply not yet learned by reporters, but too often, it is clearly just not deemed important. All too many bylines even fail to tell you who wrote the story… so you can’t email them and ask for missing information. EVERY print article in a newspaper tells you this information, but for some reason, the online version seldom does.
Message distortion when relayed through many people
Dumbing down online is easy. It relies on the known scientific problem which transpires when a series of people relay a message from one to another to another, etc. It used to be in schools, that one of the first things they taught was this concept… that you you have to take care when relaying information. You have to listen carefully, and then just as carefully repeat it. The problem is, each person decides what is important enough to be carefully repeated, and tends to reword it for ‘simplification.’ So the message first stated has little resemblance to the message last heard. THAT is not being careful, it’s being careless.
Online, information deemed worth sharing is constantly relayed in social media in a quite similar, but an even more careless manner. Each person in the chain tends to introduce it with their own spin or commentary, advising what they think the takeaway is, or should be. They then (hopefully) provide the URL to the original (the careful part). They might also create or add an image or meme which underscores their takeaway thought. That is all in good, but…
Sheeple don’t bother to click on the URL and read the original story, and they simply ‘learn’ the takeaway point of the previous poster. This is why Memes can often be dangerous. Especially when the creator is being deceitful or dishonest to the truth. They know that a false message repeated some 20 times will take root in the average Sheeple’s mind, and become adopted. That is especially important in political messages, because today’s social media is decidedly biased, and decidedly deceitful, even to the point of using paid trolls and automated bots to insure you are inundated with the preferred take aways.
This is why people who think for themselves always click the link or do a little extra search before they hit the SHARE button, and add their own takeaway. Is that you? Are you like me, spending roughly 50% of your time inspecting and then correcting other people’s wrong take aways and falsehoods? Or, are you part of the problem, simply passing it along? Baa… baa…
But there is a bigger problem, one which at least seems conspiratorial, and relies on the above Sheeple foibles and the omission of Ws, etc. For some reason, mainstream news sources seem to be deliberately making it difficult for you to access news, and difficult to relay, on your own; they would prefer to leave that to the professional trolls and bots you think are your online friends.
Something is very wrong with this picture. Lets take print media and look at how they operate outside the Web, and compare that to how they are now starting to operate on the Web.
A newspaper runs advertising to pay for their staff and overhead; it keeps the doors open, and allows them to grow and invest in special investigative projects. They charge for subscriptions and for individual copies at news stands based on the cost of the printing and distribution process, and materials; the ink and paper. That’s why newspapers are relatively inexpensive to buy. It used to be that the online version, therefore, just had advertising… there is essentially no comparative cost to put it out there and for you to access it.
But now, online, many newspapers, even small local ones, are telling you that you will need to subscribe or become a registered user to their online version, or pay a small fee to read the article… or that you may read this one, but it may be the last one you can read for free (relies on your cookies, but if you turn them off, you they will tell you to turn them on to see the material). Of course, once you do any of that, you’ve just sold yourself into another dozen marketing lists, without warning or compensation. But that’s not all.
Suddenly, many media outlets online (radio, networks, print) are using something called Cloudflare. That product is a kind of ‘protection’ against certain abuses… a bit like an anti hacking or virus bot. But it does something else, as well. It also prevents anyone from copying and pasting a URL into a social media post. WHY? In the past, getting your URL spread about was a good thing; it brought them more viewers, which increased the value of the advertising opportunity for their Web pages. When did they decide they didn’t want more readers, and why?
Where the Conspiracy comes in
Sure. You can call this answer a theory; a conspiracy theory. That is what it is, plain enough. The only way the above sins can be excused as desirable is if somewhere, someone important and powerful within media and in political realms, decided that it was advantageous to dumb you down, and limit your ability to rely on URLs to relay facts and correct people when in error. It is an insurance policy to protect the ‘integrity’ of the versions being spread by the trolls and bots.
I mean, when your read some crap someone has posted which is to your understanding just that, a lie or false belief, you should be able to go find a news article or other authoritative source online, copy the URL, and paste it into your reply to prove your case. When you are trying to educate someone on how you feel about something, you should be able to do much the same, to prepare your post or meme… have a supporting factual link to go with it.
Someone does not want you doing that. They want you to hear something said 20 times and accept it as truth, with no way to verify it, or refute it, if false. There is only one person in the media industry who fits the bill. If you are a Sheeple, you will recognize his name but not realize just how powerful in media he is, or in political realms, and how deceitful he is. I am speaking of George Soros.
It is that simple. When most of us rely on TV news, we only get one slant (liberal, usually, conservative if you go out of your way). Because of TV’s own special dumbing down tricks as earlier referenced, you will walk away with a very encapsulated message with is has no actual understanding associated with it. Then, when someone puts their slant on it and you get hit with that 20 times, it becomes your slant, and people like me and others who prefer to think for ourselves, are increasingly finding it difficult to correct any errors.
Worse, if you do think for yourself, you may not be able to learn what you need to make an informed decision, up front. Heaven help you if you are trying to investigate what seems like a conspiracy theory, because of glaring holes in the official story. Obscuring the true story seems to be the way of things, today, so just ‘move along, folks.. nothing to see, here.’
When you add all this to what is taking place in the public school system and in higher education (liberal indoctrination), your children will think this is the way it is supposed to be, and whomever is in power when they are adults will be able to do and get away with whatever they want. They will dictate to them what to believe, and it will be believed. The notion of thinking for themselves, and of distrusting and challenging government will be foreign concepts. They might as well be called the 20x Generation.
The ’Snowflakes’ on the left are already a part of that group, unwilling to listen to facts or reason, and repeating what they are told to believe. I, for one, am not willing to pass the reigns of our nation’s future over to them, in their current state of mind. I’d rather have an armed revolution, if that is what it takes, to end their madness for them. Constant outrage based on lies serves no one’s best interest, except at the top of the food chain.
So my last question for you is this: do you want to be a Sheeple morsel for Wolves like Soros and his elite political friends, people more interested in Globalism than what is right and moral? Or do you want to be a think-for-yourself consumer of actual news you can easily access, rely upon, and use when talking to others about things which matter to you?
If the later, you had better start complaining to media, and to politicians about it. You might even want to consider taking legal action or starting an initiative ballot, if your State has that option, to write laws forcing journalists to adhere to journalistic standards and to make their stories available more appropriately. You certainly ought not simply be sharing what is being fed you currently without verifying for yourself it is the truth.
Else we all become 20xers… or we have that revolution, the least desirable of options.