Sleepwalking into Dystopia

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Conspiracy and War on Sensemaking

Conspiracy and War on Sensemaking

1min Read: Opinion: Conspiracy and War on Sensemaking

You would be amiss to have not noticed there is a war on our ability to make sense of the world going on right now. The information wars are raging in the western world. The war on reality, the war on facts and the idea of fake news and “alternative facts” has become prevalent.

Trump is the most obvious and outspoken spokesperson for this, but he is not working alone, and it is not only the far right that that is adding to and causing confusion. We could be forgiven for thinking that the world is going crazy because that is how it feels most of the time.

I would argue that ever since 2015 and the Brexit vote in the UK, swiftly followed by the election of Trump in 2016, we have seen a constant onslaught on our sensemaking abilities primarily through social media.

Say what you like about Trump and Brexit, and I have said plenty, but they knew how to use social media and behavioural targeting to sway elections. By a mixture of traditional advert targeting, data science, real-time ad automation and behavioural psychology, with the aid of unscrupulous actors such as Cambridge Analytica and of course the Russian interference, courted or not.

The idea that there is such a thing as an “alternative fact” and that “fake news” is all mainstream media that didn’t support Trump was bad enough. But we also then saw a rise in “alternative media” that used this same rhetoric to try and establish itself as the “true voice” and “truth seekers” of the world. And yes, I know this site could fall into that category somewhat, I am not unaware of how some would frame this site.

This idea of the “alternative fact” has led way for conspiracy theories to rise to the mainstream in such a way that it seems all too prevalent. Theories that only a few years ago would be laughed at in the main are now replacing “fact” or common-sense media and are on the rise. And with-it people are being framed as “ill-informed” or having “not done the research” by social media supporters and those sharing, liking and being led by these views.

Now I am all for a good conspiracy theory when there is some “real” evidence behind it and anyone who thinks conspiracies are not a real thing is not living in the real world. But we need to use our critical thinking and sensemaking abilities to weed out the chaff from the wheat. We need to find what looks true and then dig a little deeper to uncover the sources of the stories and test out their legitimacy. Think twice and check three times before posting. Know your sources and decide who to trust and who not to, but even then, those you trust need checking and critical analysis of each new story to ensure that they do not get carried away by the narratives.

I do believe there are conspiracies but the greatest conspiracy of them all, in my mind, is the one to gaslight the public and get them thinking that all the conspiracies are true, all are valid, and all should be pushed over the mainstream media narratives. This is dangerous because, as we have seen with this global pandemic, it allows for advice that would save lives to be ignored, even dismissed as part of the “coverup and conspiracy.”

My worry is what is really going on behind the closed doors of governments whilst the very leaders of the most powerful countries in the world promote conspiracy theories over fact. What is the agenda behind that, because it certainly isn’t one of truth? Trump is not a truthteller, he is a known selfish liar and Bojo with him, so anyone who thinks that he is promoting conspiracy theories because he wants the people to know what is truly going on is being the ultimate victim of a conspiracy, a conspiracy of the war on sensemaking.



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by Sam I Am

Fear and loathing in your living room

In this article I look at the Reticular Activating System

So why is fear so addictive and used by social media, tech, government, and big business to refocus your attention?

First, let’s look at something called the Reticular Activating System. I was looking for a way to describe this and came across this Medium article by  Tobias van Schneider titled “If you want it, you might get it. The Reticular Activating System…

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In this article I am looking at Deflective Marketing and Reflexive Control

The seeds of fear and doubt are addictive and contagious:

I recently posted the below on Facebook.

Thought of the day on the Chaos Architectures of Manipulation and Control

“Deflective marketing and reflexive control are mechanisms of shaping the narrative in a framing whereby the information architecture, from within which the argument draws its knowledge,…

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In this article, I am looking at the Aims and Objectives of Russian Information Warfare

I had to take a break from this for a couple of weeks as the obsession with this subject was getting too intense and not good for me mentally. However, now I can continue.

In this post, we will look at the aims and objectives of the information war conducted by Russia. To understand these is to understand the subtly of how they work at times.

We will…

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In this artiicle, I look at the Concepts and Terminology to understand Russian Information Warfare

To start off this second post in the “The Russian Information War” series and continue our focus on “Concepts and Terminology” let's first start of by restating that Russian Information Warfare is carried out, in part, during peacetime as well as wartime. Of course, the fact that this is stepped up during times of war is the very reason…

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In this article, I look at the Concepts and Terminology to understand Russian Information Warfare

As discussed in the last post I will be working through the Handbook of Russian Information Warfare to see if I can break down what this means to us the civilians of the world and what it might mean in terms of protecting ourselves and doing what we can for the people of Ukraine.

Section 2 of the handbook; looks at “Essential…

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This is the first of my articles looking at the Russian Information Warefare Machine

As I write these words Russia is on the ninth day of its invasion of Ukraine in 2022. There are many words I could and have on my social media channels and website where I write about this. About the war crimes, the inhumanity, the shelling of civilians, and the attacks on people trying to flee but there are many more qualified people on the ground in Ukraine who are doing a much better job of that…

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There is nothing the elite hate more than having their narratives disrupted. Of course, in today's world getting your narrative even heard is challenging enough. The elite do have the benefit though of the media who will suck up every ounce of bait that those in the seats of power in government, big business, and especially big tech give them. Big tech of course also has a great stranglehold of all of the narratives of the world through the censorship, suppression, and removal of content…

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So, what is really going on right now? What is the truth? Whilst BoJo and his team of co-conspirators look to dismantle the NHS and crash it during a plague. As he and his cronies have said “let the bodies pile high” and then gaslight us with repeating failed concepts; experimenting with the immunity of the heard. Using a metaphor that leaves the British public framed as not just animals and beasts but ones that are tamed, controlled and devoured by their masters. It is clear they have one…

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Why are Trumpers, Brexiteers and Tory supporters so angry? After all, they won. So why do we see and hear them continually getting wound up and shouting, even screaming at the other side?  

Do they honestly think that once an election or referendum has finished that the other side should just shut up be quiet and not say another word? Do they not know how democracy works? Neither the US nor the UK is in a dictatorship (yet). But still, they seem to think that the other side does not…

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It is polling time again soon in the UK and who are you going to vote for? Do you know? Have you made up your mind? Or are you going to listen to what's said and make and “informed decision?” 

Is that even possible in today’s world? Can you make sense of all the noise? If we put aside for one moment the rhetoric and hyperbole from each of the main party front liners and their spin doctors, which are bad enough, and we listen to the media pundits, bloggers, podcasters and YouTubers can…

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