The Data Collectors’ Book (The Face That Drove You Mad)

Mark Zuckerberg is a guy that puts a lot of work into how the company he founded is perceived. His version and other people’s versions tend to diverge on some rather relevant issues, and now at least some of the horrible truth is becoming more obvious to the general user of the Facebook, and Facebook are having to scramble to re-invent the services they offer, as well as alter the demographic they target for their attentions, in an effort to keep the sinking ship afloat. Social media giants like Facebook have all sorts of dirty tricks up their sleeves to keep users on board, and the psychology of marketing isn’t the only source of their power, as they hold such huge sway over our behaviour, so it stands to reason that they have many friends in high places too. How can we ever truly be free, if we don’t really take a hard look at what these platforms’ purposes are (and like all my posts, I must point out that I don’t endorse uncritically everything that’s proposed in the following video, as I’m an individual, with my own views, and not a demographic, but I do think the video frames the discussion  points, which could be explored further by users of social media)?

Remember the official story of how Facebook started? It all sounded so cosy and friendly, didn’t it? People coming together, and sharing, with Mark the bright spark helping us all to shine.

Sorry Zucky, but your lies suck, and you blow. This isn’t real life, as we know it, and you ain’t the captain of our ship. More and more long time users of Facebook have jumped ship, and are swimming for shore.

QAnon Drops with Mark Zuckerberg Search Criteria

We hoping you sink with the ship, and all the rats below deck drown with you. We see you,  trying to bail the ship out with  buckets, and we hope your true toxic face becomes more obvious to the new users you are trying to drive mad, by pretending to be their bestest friend ever,  arranging to meet them in other places at a convenient time, a helpful app, providing a hug in the form of a thumbs up. Well, it’s a Thumbs Down to you, with no hug, from us. We’re so sorry Mark. Honest.

We Scare Because We Care!

I was in the mood for a movie matinee, it bein’ Friday and all. I’d had a monstrous week, and needed a good laugh to restore me, so this animated favourite came to mind immediately. Full of tips with how to deal with the monsters we all have to face, and even make friends with some of them. Lots of helpful tips on what to do when a  monster  screams in your face, or a chameleon suddenly reveals his true colours for you to see (they are rather grey underneath all the flashy costumes  they wear to blend in, apparently).  If you are plagued with monster visits, and all else fails, bear in mind that they are far more scared of you than you should ever be of them; to rid yourself permanently of them, carry out the 2319 manoeuvre. This move is a monster’s worst nightmare come true, and guarantees that they’ll run back to the  closet they emerged from. You have to keep your socks on in bed for this one, but I think you’ll agree, it’s a small price to pay!

Click on image to play Monsters, Inc. movie, or click on highlighted text below image.
Hint: It’s a free movie site, so you’ll have to be as quick to shut down the ad windows that open before the movie will play, as you would be to slam your closet door on Rotten Randall here.

Rat Trap ~ Social Media Conditioning

Rat B.F. Skinner Experiment

Checked my Twitter, YouTube channel and of course, my beloved blog first thing this morning, while munching away on my breakfast. I used to read in bed, before I had a smartphone, but those days are a distant memory, and although I usually do a half an hour of meditation after breakfast, it’s becoming increasingly challenging to drag myself away from my beloved social media platforms, as I circle like a rat in a maze that’s leading nowhere, and I run back to where I’ve already been, to see if anything new has happened. This morning, in my YouTube Recommended feeds, this video caught my attention, as it was about the topic of social media’s addictive qualities, and I’ve been noticing how hard it is to fight the addiction which seems to leave one wanting more, the more one engages in it.

Now, I’m a bit leery of guys like Jaron, when they tell us how bad for us social media is, and how we should think of it as a wild Tiger that’s going to gobble us up from the knees down, if we don’t run like billy-o to safety, and fast, if only ‘cos they are so engaged in developing the tools that they say they hate, so where is their personal morality at, then, if they are still in the biz? The fact that he’s spouting his political opinions, under the cover of talking about social media addiction, makes me think he’s not too different in outlook from the big businesses that write his paycheck at the end of each month.

My advice, for what it’s worth, is to take the channel 4 clip, as you should all media you use,  with a very large pinch of salt, and a sceptical mind, rather than watching in the passive way that the media loves. Remember, the media is excellent at packaging propaganda in a very covert, and persuasive way, to get under your critical thinking radar, or bypass critical thinking altogether.
That being said, he makes a few points which are worth looking at in relation to other people’s work, like the Behaviourist School of psychology.  These psychologists broke human behaviour down to a perhaps over-simplified view of behaviour, positing a reward/punishment model, saying that animals like ourselves can learn to peck through all sorts of tasks if they think they might be getting some nice birdseed at the end of it.

I did a short livestream on the topic, while still wiping the sleep out of my eyes, discussing what I found interesting about the ideas raised by my morning viewing. In other words I went back to the screen for another shot of the drug. Please, please, give this post a like (bites nails in anticipation).

What the World Needs Now ~ Spartan Meditations

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I came across a YouTube channel I really liked lately, and thought I’d share it, ‘cos this guy has some interesting thoughts about meditation, and if you’ve read my blog before you’ll know I like the auld bit of no-thinkiness myself. But how on earth do you calm your mind, if you aren’t feeling a baseline of calmness, and can’t seem to get calm enough to even be able to focus enough on sitting, let alone sitting in meditation? Richard Grannon talks about styles of meditation suitable for the chronically stressed out person to choose, and points out in a humorous way  how modern media is more effective in training us to work off our emotions than our logic, and why this isn’t such a great thing when we want to get into a calmer, more focused state of mind. Sound advice which I reckon is well worth a listen.

Here’s a video I made on my YouTube channel, about the same topic, and how it related to my own experiences on the Tube.

 

 

The Q Diss-Info Wars

Well, seems Q isn’t going away, as some folks on our end of the Tubes would wish. Despite the best attempts of folks like Alex Jones and Jerome Corsi, Q is still posting, and the campaign to destroy the legitimacy of Q and the QAnon army of supporters, by a variety of disinfomation drops down the tubes (as well as other mainstream media sources, increasingly, as the movement gathers more momentum than ever) has, to the amusement of many of those who consider themselves the real MAGA base,  backfired, and resulted in many of the agents of chaos departing, instead of Q being the one to go. Alex Jones and Corsi who both insisted that the Q posts had been compromised, were to become more than a little compromised themselves, with Jones bumped off his InfoWars channel completely, and Corsi, it seems,now about to be bounced away to jail, still holding out the donation bucket on the way. Their spiel didn’t wash, and although they were believed by many, for long enough to benefit career wise and financially from the sensationalism they were selling in order to undermine the movement while elevating their own importance, while flogging their merchandise, their stars dimmed with their credibility, as the movement continued to attract new followers, and grow in strength.

There are still plenty of detractors around, however, who continue to diss Q and the Anons, calling them the kinds of names which could be more appropriately applied to themselves, profiteers and disinfo agents, spreaders of division and confusion. Most of these folks hold out one hand for donations, while jeering  people who care about their country deeply, and want the world to become a better place, through their honest efforts. These characters find many weird and wacky ways to keep up with the Jones’s, and spread the dirt about Q, hoping to turn it into gold (some of the stranger examples provided later).
Dissenting voices, comments which don’t match those of the herd, or awkward questions  often get blocked entirely, with the convenient label of troll attached publicly after the poster has attempted to bring up a point which doesn’t fit the propaganda narrative the channel wants to push, so that nobody may have access to the wider debate, and free speech. This often leads to self-destruction, as proponents of the idea that truth always prevails in the end would argue. In my opinion, it certainly leads to the kinds of odd behaviours we’ve seen on a variety of channels on our end of YouTube, the so-called-Truth Community,  over the last year, and with self deceit and deception of others comes a form of madness, as one’s interior moral compass begins to implode, and the surreal workings of the chaotic unconscious surface more, with rationality and a  logical approach to topics dispensed with in favour of high drama and entertainment. You are cordially invited to look at some of these disinfo content creators’ creative efforts in a video which will be posted later on my teeny tiny channel, and tell me what you think of their efforts to thwart the best efforts of the QAnons to help Potus change the world for the better. My video efforts may be poor, but I’ll blow my likkle bugle for what I see a cause worth trumpeting. If this kid can do it, despite the attempts to shut him down and silence his right to free speech, the least I can do is to stand up and be counted too. Here’s a personal invite to see my small stand to take back the tubes from those who want to continue to undermine the Patriot movement, by shutting down dialogue and spreading disinfo. All welcome to join in the discourse.

 

This poster on Twitter has a sentiment I agree with. Sometimes difficult things have to be pointed out, but we must speak up for what we believe in, especially in difficult times. Sometimes, in the midst of  chaos and madness, greed and deceit, speaking out for what you believe is the truth is the right thing to do. Speak up for your truth bravely, and keep standing your ground. You may only get one chance to build a better world. Take it, while you still have the chance. Here’s the finished mash-up vid of some of those nutty anti-Q folks.

I feel I should include for your consideration here, some much better channels you could be watching, often saved in my favourites playlists, include the following one, which give you real Q information, and which tend not to think it’s so much about the clicks and donations as looking at the Q drops. These are channels which  encourage viewers to participate, and  to do their own research, where commenters are listened to,  instead of led like docile cows by the nose into the disinfo pen of their channels, and paraded around the small circle of their friend’s channels , where the same line of disinfo is trotted out, and where no truth may enter. These channels are a few of my own favourites, and of course every QArmy footsoldier has their own favourite content creators. The journey is your own, but pick your fellow travelers wisely, and do your own research, as some of them may well be wolves in sheep’s clothing.
SpaceShot76
Stroppy Me
Citizens Investigative Report
Destroying the Illusion

Link to previous Q post:My Q Confessions
The latest Discordian LARPs update: Discordians claiming to be Q, Cicada, and whatever else is trending. Real info, or deliberate disinfo?

My Q Confessions

I’ve got to confess, I’ve made mistakes. When Alex Jones first started  telling us, in May this year on InfoWars, that he had the inside scoop on who Q was, that because he was such a patriot, Q decided to phone him up and give him some inside information I thought, What? Why would Q, who AJ soon told us was a fairly low ranking  guy in the army,  called “Zach”,  who we soon got to know some other things about, want to blow his cover and splash himself all over the internet in such a public way? Didn’t it kind of spoil the idea of what undercover meant? It all seemed very odd, given that Q was supposed to be an undercover agent (Q’s initial identity on the Chans was “Q Clearance Patriot”)  or agents with top level security clearance, working with president Trump to mobilize support to “drain the swamp” and bring down the deep state traitors, working against the best interests of the US, as well as the world, opposing the New World Order that previous presidents loved to eulogize as something we would all learn to love. Ordinary folk like myself, on the other hand, loved what Trump had to offer, ‘cos he seemed to really want, like us,  to tell the New World Order to stick it where the sun don’t shine.

Anons, 70,000 of whom were on TheGreatAwakening Reddit thread before it was conveniently banned for “hate speech”, that blanket term that, if you ask me,  covers pretty much any topic that Trump supporters  want to bring out into the open to discuss, who claimed to be working with Q from the beginning, way back when things were more calm than stormy, in the sense of momentum for The Great Awakening built up by QAnon, were saying Alex was full of baloney, and bloating himself up on power while belching out disinfo to the Patriots deliberately, because Q was not Zach, and the narrative that Jones was dispensing was designed to discredit the movement, and undermine confidence in it. They insisted that a storm would follow, and the swamp would be drained, with the QArmy pulling together to help Trump achieve this.

 

Q Sent Us
Mega-folder of Q memes

Well, we know what kind of storms came next, at least those who followed it, and weren’t living in the bubble of MSM reporting, remember, and to my shame (and here’s the confession part – I’m hanging my head a bit, and avoiding your eye, dear reader, as I admit this) I was one of those who lost faith that Q had our best interests at heart, because the parade of fake Qs and money-grabbing band-wagon jumpers that proliferated and profiteered in the Truth Movement end of YouTube managed to persuade more than a few of us that Q must be poo, created to keeping us clicking, donating and clamouring to buy important people’s latest books. But the plot took more than a few twists, as the fake Qs fell, one by one, then, it seemed, in an avalanche,  in the settling dust, the last ones standing were still QAnon, and Trump. We’re all on the team too, if we only stand up and be counted. You will earn derision and hatred from some quarters, but let’s face it, those quarters are probably the ones you wouldn’t be seen dead hanging around in anyhow, so count me in, Q, and bring on The Storm!

Useful Resources for Q Newbies: Site where you can view all Q posts, updated in real time. Q Research Board.

 

Socionics and Sofia ~ Psychology & Computing Communications Concepts

Magritte at computer
Psychological Types book cover
Carl Jung’s “Psychological Types”, published in 1921

What’s the difference between a personality type and a personality trait? Well, in Jung’s  theory of types, developed in his book Psychological Types (1921), he developed 8 different categories of types of people, based around the psychological functions (how people perceive the world, and make decisions) of consciousness. He examined the tensions created by personality complexes created around these functions.

MyersBriggsTypes Personality Type Chart
Myers-Briggs Types Personality Type Chart

It’s heavy stuff, and can be confusing, but the main idea of the theory of Socionics, developed much later (1970s and 1980s) is that one could figure out, to some extent, people’s behaviour within groups, based on their personality types and the tensions that arose in interpersonal dynamics within groups. It takes into account Jung’s theories on personality types and character traits, as well as the  Informational Metabolism theories developed by the Polish  psychiatrist, Antoni Kępiński, which explores how people interact with their environment, via signals.

Socionics Model A Grid
Socionics Model A Grid

In other words, Socionics explores how people interact with their environment based on their personality (the area psychology  concerns itself with), and how they process information signals in their environment (sociological element of the theory). It’s a fascinating area of study, since not only does it attempt to catagorize complex human behaviours and perceptions into an order which can be expressed diagrammatically, it can also be used to attempt to predict and shape behaviours.

It doesn’t take much of a leap of the imagination to see how these theories might have some relevance to the consideration of social media groupings as Multi-agent systems, with people communicating on various media platforms (MASs being defined as self-organizing computerized systems, see also Agent-Based Models (ABS), comprised of intelligent agents), although the initial theory of MASs examined the interplay of strictly artifical agents,  and a further implication of being able to diagrammatically organize a theory around the processes at work  with human agents operating within a constructed environment consisting of perameters defined by the system.

Multi-Agent Systems Models Diagram

While the MAS idea may suggest  interesting correspondences to the theory of Socionics, it also presents problematic issues if the models are compared or examined for comparative purposes, since with human interactions both personality traits and characteristics come into play, and often override the mechanical, stimulous/response element of the computerized communications theory. Much of the material I looked at wasn’t current, with materials on the topic spanning the 1960s to the 1990s, and after that time, online research papers becoming sparser, although the MAS model has been more extensively employed in computer technology communications fields, such as Gaming Theory and the field of Artificial Intelligence, in disciplines such as Informatics.

So is Socionics a failed theory? Maybe. Certainly my short investigation into it yielded surprisingly little literature discussing practical current applications, at least on the relationship between the two, though they seem to be at least tangentially related, in that they both are theories which involve decision making in a computing environment. There is, however, unarguably,  a point at which the humans and machines must intersect, and interact, and messages are communicated, and some interesting applications of the conjunction of humans and machines can result in new technologies and modes of communication developing, such as when bots imitate human modes of interaction, acting as influencers or agents of change within groups, with a higher level of autonomy envisaged for the future, via the rate of technological advances being made in this direction, in the field of computing.

What does the future in these fields hold? The designers of this robot, called Sofia (now the first robot citizen ever) would like us to believe that sentience is an achievable goal, but can computers ever truly be human, and do they behave as humans do? Authors such a Stephen Pinker have argued that our brains behave like computers, but can a computer ever really be said to behave in a subjective way? Might it ever?

Just for fun: Briggs Myers personality type test click here.
Bonus Article: Five Eyes Surveillance purposes and networks, Wikipedia article.