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Originally posted by PlanetXisHERE
Great thread! I definitely see some of these tactics used here. If you don't start controversial threads you may not see them.
Here are some Vulnerabilities exploited by manipulators:
- the "disease to please"
- addiction to earning the approval and acceptance of others
- Emotophobia (fear of negative emotion)
- lack of assertiveness and ability to say no
- blurry sense of identity (with soft personal boundaries)
- low self-reliance
- external locus of control
2. Become incredulous and indignant. Avoid discussing key issues and instead focus on side issues which can be used show the topic as being critical of some otherwise sacrosanct group or theme. This is also known as the 'How dare you!' gambit.
5. Sidetrack opponents with name calling and ridicule. This is also known as the primary 'attack the messenger' ploy, though other methods qualify as variants of that approach. Associate opponents with unpopular titles such as 'kooks', 'right-wing', 'liberal', 'left-wing', 'terrorists', 'conspiracy buffs', 'radicals', 'militia', 'racists', 'religious fanatics', 'sexual deviates', and so forth. This makes others shrink from support out of fear of gaining the same label, and you avoid dealing with issues.
Originally posted by nosacrificenofreedom
That's not fair! Just because I have no Avatar i'm being regarded as some kind of shill or disinfo agent! That is plainly a bias argument! judge me for how i present my argument not how my account looks!
Originally posted by MDDoxs
reply to post by zeeon
Interestingly enough, if you do your research and think critically like we have suggested, you may in the end find yourself agreeing with this so called dis-info agents regardless of their influence.
Everyone has the right to their own opinion. However, in the context of a forum such as ATS, the perspective "they" want you to have is either false or so far from the truth that it might as well be a lie...
Originally posted by YAHUWAH SAVES
This is a really good link in helping to understand the psychology of what occurs on these and other sites.
Originally posted by zeeon
Most dis-info agents stick to particular topics. Especially political ones, 9/11 or hot button issues. They won't get into general discourse in a variety of subjects because that's not what they are paid to do - they are paid to sway opinion to their viewpoint - so they usually stick to one particular topic with a huge amount of posts.
When you graph it, if you see a pretty decent spread among a variety of categories, then chances are it's a normal user. However, if you see a HUGE amount of posts regarding a specific topic within a given category (the one that was most shocking that I've seen so far, without mentioning the user in question was the Politics category, specifically Anti-Ron Paul) then you have raised a suspicious flag.
Originally posted by AlonzoTyper
Well it looks like Phage and his minions finally got around to writing up their job description...
Must be review time.
Originally posted by Xcalibur254
reply to post by zeeon
What about people who are only interested in a few topics? If you look at my posting history I bet you'll see the vast majority of my posts in the 2012 forum. This is because this is the topic I know best and have the most interest in. I'll read threads in other forums but for the most part I won't reply. This is either because the topic doesn't end up interesting me or I don't know enough on the topic to comment. I bet using your method I would look like a 2012 disinfo agent but in truth I'm just someone with too much time on my hands and have an interest in stopping the spread of baseless fear.
Originally posted by schuyler
This guy strikes me as an armchair theorist with no real concrete knowledge of disinformation. It's not like he found a CIA manual on covert operations; he made this stuff up based on his own biases.
And, yeah, it’s small. ATS likes to puff up its numbers. They have over a quarter million members, they say, yet only 55% have bothered to make a post and only about 5,000 members have made more than 500 posts. That’s 2% that you could actually say are really active here. 1% of members, 2500 people, have made over 1,000 posts. Really not much to worry about.
Nothing to see here. Move along.