We are in an Age of Propaganda. Up is presented as down and down as up. We keep everything and everyone at arm’s length, and it is the reason we have people mistake apathy and ignorance with expertise and objectivity.
And the ignorance is on the outside, but also the inside. Ask the opinionists about the deepest layers of a single grain of an issue, and they think they can fake it with a show of a big, melodramatic tirade.
And they can’t.
But almost no one really sees it.
Take The Hill with this silly article, for example:
Only a matter of time before the social media mob comes for you
And what happens? The world ends? The sun is too scared to rise up tomorrow?
Who are these automaton mobs on the Troll Scroll? Paid agitators and PR flunkies? Political operatives? Bots? In that sea of offended assholes, we have no standards: they could be liars who like to be shit-disturbers. There are psychopaths, schizophrenics, stoned people, followers, ignorants, and people with vested interests. Rapists, child molesters, and murderers could be raging in that toxic stew along with the people they harmed along the way. We don’t actually know the qualifications of those mobs. They could harbour prejudice or puke misplaced rage to something safer.
Among people with legitimate beefs are people who just spew. What do these people know? Their qualifications? Their understanding of the issue?
Do they pay your bills? Do they worry if you stray out too far for too long?
Have they made up their opinions regardless of the facts?
The Troll Scroll is the great tool of political misdirection of the modern age.
The priority to care what social media decrees is a sink of life, time, emotion, resources, money, and everything else.
We have more important problems that a few discontent yelpers.
Canada is in a secret recession, but we have people deny it, yet…
46% of Canadians on the brink of insolvency as rates rise: Survey
I am willing to bet the number is much higher than 46%. If our tools of measurement of economic health does not factor debt (net versus gross), then there is a problem. If something happened where just enough people would have to file for bankruptcy, what would happen?
And judging by the number of homeless people around the Golden Horseshoe, that’s actually happening.
They just aren’t being factored in.
But in a neo-Victorian world, we just don’t talk about that.
We focus on trivialities because dealing with the serious structural problems are too terrifying to contemplate.
Because it goes against the narrative.
Open-mindedness gets lost when everyone cribs from pre-set scripts. Virtue-signalling isn’t actual virtue. Troll Scroll is a playground where the bullies do what bullies to best.
And problems get worse because they get ignored.
People don’t have control over their deteriorating circumstances, but they can browbeat strangers to modify they behaviour — or ruin their lives by demonizing them in a public forum.
If people allow that sort of b-mod.
But if people still live their lives, and stand their ground, they gain power over mob mentalities.
And when more and more people say, “You don’t know me; you do not understand, and you do not have my best interests at heart,” the mob groups’ power dwindles.
Then the balance of focus shifts, and when the howling problems begin to demand attention, and mob-rule doesn’t work, what we have is a new wrinkle society is not accustomed to — and it is coming.
And then a new era begins…one where propaganda is no protection to that enigmatic force known to all as reality…