The Future of the Spectacle … or How the West Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Reality Police

If you want a vision of the future, don’t imagine “a boot stamping on a human face — for ever,” as Orwell suggested in 1984. Instead, imagine that human face staring mesmerized into the screen of some kind of nifty futuristic device on which every word, sound, and image has been algorithmically approved for consumption… Read More The Future of the Spectacle … or How the West Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Reality Police

The Disinformationists

So, the election-meddling Putin-Nazi disinformationists are at it again! Oh yes, while Americans have been distracted by Russiagate, Obstructiongate, Redactiongate, or whatever it’s being called at this point, here in Europe, we are purportedly being bombarded with Russian “disinformation” aimed at fomenting confusion and chaos in advance of the upcoming EU elections, which are due… Read More The Disinformationists

Ask the Consent Factory (Episode 2): So Our Boss Wants to Start Up a Hacktivist Cult

Dear Consent Factory: I handle external communications for a privately-funded international NGO active in the fields of education and alternative lending strategies in developing countries. One of the major benefactors of the private foundation that owns the foreign subsidiary that owns our NGO read your How to Herd your Critics into Fake Communities and Waste… Read More Ask the Consent Factory (Episode 2): So Our Boss Wants to Start Up a Hacktivist Cult

How To Herd your Critics into Fake Communities and Waste their Time (Part 3)

OK, we’re going to wrap up the first three installments of our How to Herd your Critics into Fake Communities and Waste their Time series with (a) an overview of social networks and (b) some nifty “cutting-edge” strategies that you can use in combination therewith. As you may or may not remember at this point,… Read More How To Herd your Critics into Fake Communities and Waste their Time (Part 3)