New Dawn 150
from NewDawnMagazine Website
approximately 40 rooms, the trolls prowl the Internet in 12 hour
shifts, generating pro-Kremlin comments and 'gaming' Internet forums
and online conversations.
Burkhard describes his
co-workers as "politically illiterate young people" who must be
briefed on current topics at the beginning of each shift and
While only the congenitally naive would doubt the veracity of the article's basic claims, what is (unsurprisingly) lacking is context.
Whether financed and
operated by Russia's intelligence agency FSB, or some other shadowy
enclave, it is estimated that the entire Russian security
establishment currently operates with just one twentieth (1/20) of
the US equivalent (not even including the UK and other close Western
Flooding the social media networks, news and other sites of their domestic populations with thousands upon thousands of comments, posts, disruption, disinformation and propaganda bullets every day.
Salvos in an escalating,
but largely unseen, 'Information War'.
Coupled with Google's
recent announcement of A.I. software that can discern (Google's
version of) 'the truth', it doesn't take much imagination to
envisage any online expression of 'untruth', 'heresy' or 'dissent'
being automatically swamped beneath a torrent of managed obscurity,
cyber-troll bile, distraction and chicanery.
Chilling images (reportedly leaked from internal GCHQ presentations) document operations in,
Much of the language used
seems best suited to neutralizing dissent and activism in the
'target' (domestic) populations (and not the lame-duck excuse of
Edward Bernays (pioneer marketeer, nephew of Sigmund Freud and author of the seminal text Propaganda) could hardly have dreamed of the marketing, perception management and social engineering possibilities now available at the press of a few attractive and endorphin-stimulating keystrokes.
Today's brave new
keyboard-warrior looks an awful lot like yesterday's plantation
indentured servant or herd of cattle (in sleek, Apple designed
Factor in a cocktail of
narcissistic personality disorders and body dysmorphic disorders
(with a chaser of smartphones and other hand-held devices) and
humankind looks at last set to plunge over the precipice of
self-obsessed, trivialized generation (like no other generation
before it) of 'selfie' snappers and banal 'tweeters' is the
Delivering themselves up 'freely' to the corporate-military-complex, their every,
...accessible in real
time or stored in vast information vaults secreted away in distant
...become even more sinister when placed in their rightful context.
Despite Facebook's chummy image and branding, ostensible founder Mark Zuckerberg has made it clear in numerous interviews his desire to mould a future of what can only be described as pure techno-totalitarianism.
A consumer's/user's every
action and thought mediated through the 'safe' interface of Facebook
- always surveilled, always stalked and tabulated - available to
corporations and intelligence agencies at all times. 'Dangerous'
physical interactions minimized and discouraged.
Recent research by journalist Nafeez Ahmed has revealed the cozy (symbiotic even) relationship between ('Don't Be Evil') Google and the entire American intelligence apparatus.
Mediated through a
decades-old shadowy group known as the 'Highlands Forum' - leading
technologists, corporate heads and intelligence chiefs have met
privately innumerable times to cross-pollinate innovations,
strategies and policy.
Much like the unspoken 'revolving door' that operates between the Pentagon and the armaments industries - the board members and senior officials of Google, Facebook and alike have the striking habit of being familiar faces from the recesses of,
...and so on.
So ubiquitous is this
limited personnel pool, that ultimately the question must be asked
whether Google and Facebook are simply not just clandestine arms of
the national security state.
To remove oneself from
the insidious web of trivia, celebrity inanities, prefabricated
media events and puerile conversation. Escape from the
moronic matrix. But who has the
courage to do that?