I deeply dislike that I have to make posts like this one, but they matter as we go through the present darkness. Ah well…
“Disinformation,” the word of the moment, is nascent censorship: censorship as it’s first coming into existence. It’s the proverbial foot in the door, and once people use it, they become emotionally biased toward what proceeds from it… and what proceeds from it is censorship.
To make this very brief, censorship is required for one over-arching reason:
The Internet broke the information monopoly of the 20th century, a very dangerous thing for those who crave and fixate upon power. After a few partial and failed efforts, social media (inherently addictive to humans) emerged as the answer: get everyone into just a few large pens, then control the information flow in those pens. That’s where we are right now.
Then, of course, there are lesser reasons, such as controlling humanity “for their own good” during an epidemic, and to influence a modern war (like the Russian/Ukraine disaster) with propaganda. Within a propaganda war, all discordant voices must be silenced.
“Disinformation” creates binary, dipole thinking: goodguy/badguy, masked/unmasked, and so on. Once people accept the term and the dipole vision it injects, the rest follows. And again this is addictive, since it creates a feeling of moral clarity, however falsely.
This is the new game in town, and it is a form of war. But please understand, this isn’t properly information war, it’s emotional war: what’s being played are the most vulnerable human emotions; thinking is being dragged along for the ride.
Once “disinformation” is no longer useful, a new manipulative term will be rolled out on Facebook, Twitter and Google, and from there to the ever-concerned faces on TV. Eventually humanity will develop an immunity to this; I can only hope that it’s soon.
Apologies again for doing the “expose evil” thing, but I think we should be clear on this much. I’ll post something more positive shortly.