posted on Mar, 20 2014 @ 05:12 AM
The art of deception has a long and obviously brutal history. It has been the trump card that has started revolutions, felled empires, and aided those
who would use it for their own devices. And thanks to the anonymity of the internet, those with sinister motives are free to manipulate the masses
without fear of discovery or capture unlike the years gone by.
While the motives are not so clear, one aspect is made perfectly clear: the plan is working perfectly.
How often do you see a topic arise that perfectly divides opinion? Sometimes these are harmless questions posed to provoke a thoughtful discussion,
However there are others meant to incite disparity and conflict and once polite conversations are quickly becoming flurries of accusation and
derision. A good analogy would be the brothers Grimm Brave little tailor, who threw a rock amongst giants to turn them against each other, only in
this day in age we are the giants, the rock is the internet, and the brave little tailor is the disinfo agent.
However internet communities are now aware that there are spies amongst them, who have been dubbed 'shills'. However these shills don't even need
to be present to incite distrust amongst the online community, since this tactic relies on peoples natural skepticism of another persons beliefs.
Believe in climate change? Shill. Like Obama? Shill. Think Kirk is better than Picard? Shill. It's becoming more often for some to accuse others of
being on the payroll, when in reality most of these people are just common folk expressing a different opinion.
But the seeds of discord have been planted, and now many people are certain that the internet community is full of shills. But in reality for every
shill, there are thousands of more who are not. This tactic was used perfectly by the Mongolian army, who dragged branches behind their horses to stir
up dust to give the impression that their army was much larger than it actually was.
So are the disinfo campaigns that plague the internet winning the war for your opinion? only you can decide that.
I have my own theory of stopping this incursion and it's debilitating effects: By doing what we always did.
Psychological warfare relies on planting uncertainty in a certain mind. Nobody is a shill until evidence proves otherwise, and any unfounded rumors or
notions can only further spread the unease and uncertainty.
And above all, deny ignorance. That is why we are here.