Spot The Manipulators In Your Own Life:
Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix
December 20, 2019 "Information
- The real underlying
currency of our world is not gold, nor
bureaucratic fiat, nor even military might.
The real underlying currency of our world is
narrative, and the ability to control it.
Everything always comes down to this one
real currency. If you look at what all these
think tanks, NGOs, media outlets and grant
making networks that billionaires pour their
money into actually do, it
ultimately boils down to controlling the
dominant stories that people tell about
what’s going on in their world.
you want to understand how narrative
management works in the world, pay attention
to how it plays out in your own life. What
are some popular narratives within your
family, perhaps about one of your family
members, that don’t reflect reality? What
subjects are off limits in your immediate or
extended family, and why? Who do you know
that repeatedly spins narratives about the
kind of person they are, or the kind of
person you are?
Most of us have at least one strong
narrative manipulator in our circle
somewhere; family, friends, work, etc. You
can spot them by how much energy they pour
into manufacturing a consensus about someone
in their circle, including themselves;
working to spin narratives about themselves
that make them look good, or narratives
about someone else to make them look bad.
Watch for anyone in your life who repeatedly
tells you stories about the kind of person
they are, because they’re trying to
manipulate your narrative about them. Also
watch for anyone who keeps telling you
stories about yourself, because they’re
trying to manipulate your narrative about
you. Be especially wary of the latter.
Spot the manipulators in your own life and
watch their patterns, then look out to the
world and compare those patterns to what you
see with government and media. You’ll see
the exact same patterns on a macro scale.
Manipulation takes the same form whether
small-scale or large.
We’ll get angry at our compatriots for not
rising up and forcing real change. We’ll get
angry at a loved one for not leaving an
abusive relationship. What we rarely do is
look closely and see that both are victims
of manipulation which keeps them from
changing their situation.
Whenever I talk about propaganda influencing
public action I get accused of depriving
people of their “agency”, but the only way
to believe that is to believe it’s
impossible to influence people’s decisions
through media. An idea both propagandists
and advertisers would scoff at.
love my job, but it’s so stupid and annoying
to have to keep dignifying the mass media
with attention and analysis. They’re so
discredited at this point that everyone
should just be dismissing them like raving
street corner preachers. I look forward to
that day so I can spend my time making art
instead of paying attention to the lies that
are coming out of people’s screens.
There are exactly zero babies in the
mainstream media bathwater. It’s a
propaganda network which manufactures
consent for mass murder, oppression and
exploitation, and it deserves nothing other
than total obliteration. Toss it all out.
this impeachment stuff is very exciting for
everyone who lacks the mental capacity to
count Senate seats.
Still haven’t seen any coherent defense of
Democrats impeaching over Trump’s
Biden/Ukraine political shenanigans but not
Bush’s torture scandals or lying about a war
that slaughtered a million people.
Anyone who warns that impeachment is a
distraction from more important issues will
get told “We can walk and chew gum at the
same time! We can push impeachment AND
advance progressive agendas!” The same
people saying this just spent the last three
years fixating on Russia instead of
advancing progressive agendas.
It’s unfortunate that when someone changes
to a new belief system, like converting to a
religion or whatever, their attention goes
into that new belief system and not into the
amazing discovery that they have the
incredible superpower to change their
beliefs whenever they want.
have the luxury of being able to do deep
inner work and become a healthy human being
on this planet is a tremendous privilege,
yet most who have this privilege neglect to
use it. Do your part in clearing our species
of insanity, if you are able. To do
otherwise is a betrayal of humanity.
certain type of antisocial personality
disorder will always tend to gravitate
toward circles where violence and aggression
are the norm. This includes the military and
police force, naturally. It also includes
political activist circles which encourage
violence and aggression.
People spend so much time on online
political forums pretending to disagree with
each other’s opinions when really everyone’s
just masturbating their early childhood
trauma on each other in a socially
Mentally replace all the doofy company logos
on people’s cars and clothing with the word
US government agencies say “So this thing
just happened and as a result we’re going to
have to intervene militarily over there,”
and your immediate, reflexive answer isn’t
“Bullshit, either provide indisputable and
independently verifiable proof or fuck off,”
then you’ve learned nothing at all about the
history of US interventionism.
extremist militants who nearly succeeded in
toppling the Syrian government are not and
have never been “moderate rebels”. They’re
only “moderate” compared to the psychopaths
who’ve been funding them.
Establishment narrative management about
Syria is so uniquely heated and aggressive
for two reasons:
1) Syria has unique geostrategic importance.
2) The empire has done extremely evil things
in Syria that it absolutely cannot allow to
enter into mainstream attention.
People tell me “It’s not Trump’s fault he
keeps advancing evil establishment agendas!
He’s being manipulated!” But seriously, who
gives a fuck? Either he’s an impotent puppet
who does as he’s told or he’s doing it on
his own. Either way, fuck him. It’s a
to criticize the Israeli government without
being labeled an anti-semite:
1. Don’t criticize the Israeli government.
3. At all.
it journalism?” is a meaningless,
power-serving debate. The question is if
it’s GOOD journalism. Stop imbuing the word
with magical significance and accept that
it’s simply a description of an activity
that can be done by Jake Tapper, Julian
Assange, or a small-time Youtuber.
have this platform because of baked-in
privileges, extraordinary support, but also
sheer luck and miracles clearing me over the
many invisible walls that prevent people
like me getting a big voice. I acknowledge
the existence of those invisible walls. I
exist to knock them down.
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