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I thought about what you said and I could think of no logical reason for them to "tell us what we want to hear" in this maner. But than I thought of one possibility, it does serve to separate and cause suspicion between us. We will start to question legitimate arguments that we are in disagreement with as manipulated.
...A Nation could do quite a bit of damage to it's enemies by "leaking" documents reporting juicy but ambiguous details about the hundreds of spies and informants it has embedded in "key positions" all throughout the government.
They wouldn't even have to have a single spy on enemy soil and the enemy will decimate itself in a ghost hunt for nonexistent traitors, collaborators and spies.
You can get similar effect in online forums with the more unstable and excitable types going straight for the finger pointing.
It's a great way to pick out the softies for other sorts of grooming, because, hey, excitable soft headed people make very convenient idiots.
...Divide and conquer. Let your enemies be their own enemies.
There's other benefits as well, such as the "nuclear" deterrent.
Once everyone knows you have a bomb big enough to destroy any target at any time, anywhere, those that don't share that capability might be a little more shy about aggressive overtures.
In this case, at least a portion of it, we have an Information Bomb.
"Piss us off and you'll have all your own citizens at the gates with pitchforks and torches, all thanks to a surprising social media campaign".
Why send in soldiers when you can get a Nation's own population to do the dirty work for you, courtesy of some strategic social networking kicked off by a 10,000 fake accounts that can be managed by just 100 people with keyboards?
...Letting the whole world know you can do this, like the spy example builds mythology too.
Rumors get started about mind control, mind readers, smart-dust drone clouds, and other spooky stuff and none of these things need to exist, even if they do exist at all to have an effect or be effective as a bogeyman.
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We aren't allowed to use Shill and Troll as a direct reference to someone on ATS. But if you realise, or think someone is just that, don't engage them.
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Yep. It's done on other sites though. If I suspect someone, though, I go after them in other ways. I'd never turn my back on them. I'd rather trying to beat them at their own game but, then again, that's why "issues with authority" was a frequent descriptor in my high school days.
Studies have shown every human is "inherently manipulable" no matter what we think we are. The persons who starred your post are living in the dark.
The fact that you used a term "Everyone is a troll?" that has nothing to do with the OP content says a lot.edit on 25-2-2014 by Char-Lee because: sp
I have a degree in Social and Behavioral Science. What you need to do is look into this a little more. We like to think we are special and cannot be manipulated, but there is No human who cannot be manipulated.edit on 25-2-2014 by Char-Lee because: (no reason given)
Wow...you usually argue that the simplest answer is most likely. Turns out that you are quite the conspiracy theorist after all! Could be true--and some of it would fall under psyops principle--but a lot of folk would see that as pretty paranoid!
Then again, I wouldn't put it past Russia. It's hardly that explosive, however, it seems to me. Maybe it's what it purports to be? A leak? One that can potentially raise public awareness?
Thirdly, I find it a little ironic that you conclude this is fact "no matter what we think we are" points to you being "inherently manipulable"!
Unless of course you can link us to these studies that involved "every human"!
How many revolutions and coups have we seen in the last 5 years?
Isn't it interesting how Social Media is portrayed in most of these as a major contributing factor?
Isn't it interesting how many of these are at least a little bit more favorable to Western interests than the former incumbent regime?
I'm just stirring the pot in speculation on that part, but, hey, motive, opportunity and means ...