Microsoft's Backdoor Big Brother Censorship Scheme: Newsguard as Meta-Propaganda.

Microsoft wants to get into the propaganda game.

Newsguard is meta-propaganda. That is the only apt term to describe it. What “approves” is based on non-empirical methods; so it is pure garbage.

And now they want to filter the news for you.

I don’t need Big Brother nannying me. It is far better to be media-savvy and see that none of the players left or right have a clue, than let a corporation meddle in your knowledge-base.

It won’t work, of course, because it has the same lockstep ideology as Facebook, and we can see how well they did playing the same propagandist’s game…

Actrivism, Part Three: If you had actrivism, you wouldn't be looking for easy solutions because you would be the solution.


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NewsGuard is snake oil?

You don’t say, Drudge Report!

Of course it snake oil. It is meta-propaganda.

That a partisan press outfit showed how easy NewsGuard is garbage goes to show you that the political propagandists are of the low-grade quality that brings to mind Mr. Haney, the snake oil huckster from Green Acres.

And just how much the public in the West have been infantilized.

When print ruled, you had a lot of sketchy publications, yet not a single one required a “label” or a “NewsGuard”, and, in fact, had there been a law to slap on such patronizing labels, people would have gone ballistic.

Comic books had labels because they were geared toward children.

And treating adults like they were five would have caused an uproar, and justifiably so.

What we are seeing is one side of the political equation placing badges on a side they find inconvenient, and that has fascist origins.

What we have are two partisan thugs trying to silence and shame people for having thoughts that are their own.

This puritanical temper tantrum is burning itself out. If just a couple of people stand their ground, the gig is up.

If you stand up to the bullies on the playground, they retreat because they don’t want effort, and they certainly don’t want everyone else to know how weak they really are.

NewsGuard is garbage. It is a scarlet letter used to shame publications so that people will not be exposed to different ideas, right or wrong.

I know NewsGuard is propaganda and garbage. I don’t need such a thing because I am an Actrivist.

I learned how news is actually constructed by actually having jobs that involved constructing it.

I experimented, and tweaked things to see the limits of it. NewsGuard is no match for me.

And best of all, I don’t spew propaganda.

I can recognize it from the Left, Right, Centre, Mainstream, Fringe, you name it.

Because I have spent my entire life scouring more articles, transcripts, books, and journals than most people. I can break down New York Times propaganda with ease. I can break down Fox News propaganda with equal ease.

Both a propagandistic and partisan outfits. One is not superior to the other: one merely panders to a different psychographic than the other. They prey on people’s manufactured “images” they present in public, and tell the pigeons what they want to hear.

It is the reason I don’t have respect for either.

The Default Delusion dictates if one side is wrong, then the opposite is has to be right by default, and that’s not true. More times than not, it is a false opposite, and equally wrong or deficient.

But when you study something by working in its core, you know how things work. There is no guesswork or trying to make that educated guess — you know every piece and how it all fits together.

But you also go in ready to break down the pieces. You take nothing for granted. You go in with the express goal of seeing the problems, and finding solutions.

And the solution isn’t to pretend one faction is superior to the other.

You also start to see how personal fear and selfishness creates the biggest problems to concepts and institutions.

Once you see the heart of the matter, you know you can find a solution because you finally know what you are confronting.

And there is no app that can solve that problem. There is no machine, AI, or software that can do it, either.

People created the problem, and that means it is people who must solve it.

Not a proxy.

Not a manipulative propagandistic app.

But human beings brave enough to understand they are dealing with human beings — not narrative monsters…

The Janus Generation: Why a two-faced mindset has an era say one thing, but do another.




2019 is coming in with a very inauthentic mindset.

It is a mindset cultivated by social media that has a subtextual delusion that it cultivates: that people are royalty who can issues decrees without fear of being refuted because you can ignore it.

When a system has a confirmation bias ingrained in it and empirically-based checks and balances, that’s what we can expect.

It is the reason why sketchy “safeguards” such as Snopes and Newsguard can promote partisan agendas without anyone asking for them to prove what they offer is what they offer.

These are inauthentic labels.

Paper crowns.

But we can go to the Troll Scroll to see how a Janus Generation rolls.

It calls for “diversity”, but that’s a Trojan horse.

When it is presented with diversity, people try to shout down and shame diverse thought. It demands homogenization and monolithic thought.

People try to censor unflattering facts and interpretations of their arrogance, ignorance, and tyranny.

People bully as they proclaim they are compassionate. They talk down to people and patronize them as they proclaim they believe in equality.

And the nature of social media doesn’t just reinforce intellectual hypocrisy. It blinds people to their duplicitous mindset that pushes them to think they are seeking one thing, but are, in fact, moving in the opposite direction.

The Internet has devalued information and flooded the marketplace of ideas to the point where all facts and opinions are disposable.

And we see a disrespect for ideas and innovations that go against the grain — except the only way you achieve progress is by offending the masses by destroying their routines and going against the grain.

Progress is offensive to stagnation and complacency.

But in a world where people treat facts and logic as toilet paper, people are still looking for immortality. They seek fame. They seek to control the terms of debate.

You want everyone else’s ideas to be discarded except your own.

What we are witnessing is a grab for illusionary power and control.

They are virtual.

Meaning not real.

Such as the term whataboutism.

People try to dismiss their own hypocrisy and confirmation bias by shooting down the holes in their own decrees.

What we have is a society misuse the concept of morality whenever the facts get in the way of their own self-serving narratives.

That’s why we don’t have any new ideas take root and grow. What we have is a constant rehashing of the old stuff — the patriarchal stuff — thought up by white Western European men in a pre-Internet era.

Because what we have is amateur ideological war that isn’t going anywhere.

The problem with a Janus Generation is that they never face themselves. The obsessive drive for ideological uniformity never works — nor should it.

Your life requirements are not my life requirements, and if you need to badger me into complying to your rulebook, that means you aren’t all that certain of your choices, either.

When we want to confine and constrict others, we also do it to ourselves.

Life is not predictable. It is terrifyingly random, chaotic, unfair, and maddening.

Yet it is beautiful, exciting, enigmatic, eccentric, and feral.

I believe in the arts as it is the emotional language the is the map of how to better navigate through it.

We need emotional literacy, and not buy into the propagandistic fear-mongering of it as legacy media try to spin.

We compete when we should negotiate. We need to observe and break down barriers as we expand thought, not try to control, manipulate, destroy, or confine it.

We waste so much of of our lives as if they were disposable commodities.

And it is a heart-breaking shame.

We waste and ruin innocent people lives as we waste our own in the bargain.

Facing our other face allows us to see just how much in common we have with people we don’t agree with and condemn.


I bet those two think they have nothing in common and are far superior to the other.

And I bet you’re picking a side without have ever meeting either of them.

You already have your smart-ass narrative put-down fortress ready to be built on a moment’s notice.

Because that’s how you’ve been trained and indoctrinated from the moment you were born.

We still know nothing about either. We just make up narratives.

There are so many things happening in the world that are horrendous, but we know nothing about those, either.

We can have two faces, but have all those eyes firmly shut.

That’s the barriers that we create ourselves.

When you refuse to listen or to see, you create a wall.

You have fewer facts and perspectives, and then no solution will ever work.

Because if it works only for you and no one else, it will not work for you, either.

There is no Us Versus Them, only Us Versus Us…

Microsoft contributes to propaganda with Newsguard: they have no qualifications to judge, but decree partisan propaganda is news.

Microsoft’s propaganda continues with making unqualified ratings with NewsGuard.

They have decreed that Left-wing and partisan legacy presses are “news”, even though they have no empirical standards nor qualifications to do so.

We also know nothing whether the “approved” outlets have lobbied or paid for the fake seal of approval.

News coverage regarding Microsoft is radioactive. It cannot be trusted.

This is corporate propaganda, no different than arbitrary “Comic Code Authority” — and it is mere advertising, nothing more…

Trojan Horse Alert: NewsGuard is old school journalists trying to fool the public by doing the same thing, only under a different label.

Steven Brill once had a very mediocre magazine about journalism called Brill's Content. It was a bust and folded. Now he is trying again, this time with a self-styled alleged "fake news hotline" called NewsGuard.


It is nothing but a Trojan horse of a dead profession trying to regain power by means of a feint.


Nice try.

The description of this self-appointed police state of news is a real knee-slapper:

NewsGuard, a new service that uses trained journalists to rate thousands of news and information sites, will announce that it has launched a secure, encrypted digital and telephone hotline for political candidates and members of the public to report suspected fake news sites.

"Trained" journalists? You mean the very people who destroyed their own profession and all corrupted themselves out of jobs? Those people? What? They couldn't get a job in a PR firm; so now they are going to tell the little people what to believe? Really?

You are the people who alienated millions of people with your narrative, propaganda, and personal vendettas -- we don't need you telling people what to think.

But the lunacy only goes downhill from there:

A "SWAT team of NewsGuard analysts will operate 24/7 to identify suddenly trending news sites that NewsGuard has not yet rated and assure — or warn — internet users about them in real time."

A SWAT team? Just how deluded and tyrannical are you? What are you? Some sort of whacko militia going to force people into believing you?

Who put you deluded meddlers in charge? No one.

And ratings? Based on what empirical criteria? Oh, I see, just partisan ones.

This is as deceptive as an organization can get: the reason there was a proliferation of fake news was that legacy news was so shoddy that no one could tell the difference.

And I have proof.


And more coming this summer:


These are the same people who polluted the information stream -- and now they want to continue meddling and social engineering by telling you what to believe. I do not care what side of that linear divide you are -- you have a right to have those beliefs. Campaign ads should be ignored -- and the best course of action is to directly visit each candidate and ask them point blank what will they do when they are elected -- and see where they stand on what you need the most.

This is just trying to get a foot in the backdoor.

Notice the violent and divisive subtext of this entire farce: they present themselves as "experts", and then set up a snitch line -- dividing people with spin, rather than merely informing with facts.

It is a Trojan horse, nothing more, and it won't work -- social media has given people the freedom to believe or not believe without anyone playing Big Brother -- or "SWAT".

Really, children? Just keep your Orwellian creepiness to yourselves...