posted on Dec, 6 2010 @ 07:34 PM
Good afternoon ATS.
I was a wee bit confuddled on where to place this thread, but Political Madness seemed appropriate enough.
Today, going through the regular mail for my business, I came across a mailer ad that caught my attention. On the front, a cartoonish picture of grey
colored, faceless people appearing to be protesting, and holding blank signs, sits above a very large text that reads,"ACTIVIST CHATTER ANALYSIS",
then below that it reads "Intelligence on Anti-Business Activists".
This was a little disheartening to say the least, judging from the fact that the first two lines on the card blatantly state that they are an
intelligence gathering company that serves the private sector. Also, my company is WAY to small to ever need anything close to this. I have had
several government contracts in the past, and that is the only reason I can figure why my company would be on a mailing list such as theirs.
So I decided to go to their website to see what this company is all about.
Here are a few excerpts regarding the services they provide:
Activist Chatter Analysis
For Use By Managers in: Association Research, Corporate Communications, Corporate Social Responsibility, Government Affairs/Relations, Issues &
Crisis Management, Public Affairs, Public Relations, Sustainability, Strategic Planning
The freewheeling and anonymous nature of worldwide social media encourages activists in blogs, social networks, forums, etc. to say things about
your company, and to organize actions against it, in ways never before possible.
Much of what passes for “information” on the social web is actually opinion. And the audience often mistakes that opinion for “truth.” Today,
instead of “truth” taking months to find its way through one thousand people, that same “truth” can streak through one thousand people in
minutes, maybe even seconds. Your irregular competitors know that and take advantage of this new, open, and very public communications environment.
Discover, leverage, and manage what your irregular competitors say about your company in the unrestricted forum of social media. Use our Activist
Chatter Analysis Service to:
* Determine the level of public sentiment toward specific activist issues.
* Explore which issues may become corporate reputation threats.
* Learn activist strengths / weaknesses in using social media against your company.
* Forecast possible future activist protests against your company.
* Locate an issue’s “Patient Zero.”
The company that sent the mailer is called "The Kahuna Institute Inc.".
Is this an addition to the already blooming private sector "big brother"?
With everything going on recently, ie. almost anybody who disagrees with government and big corps being labeled a "domestic extremist", Federal
employees being banned from reading anything "wikileaky", net neutrality, etc.; are private "intelligence research" companies going to be the next
infringement on our freedoms?
Your thoughts ATS...