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.

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.

Deep Marketing – #thegame23 and Q

I had a spur of the moment notion last night. I thought, dammit, I’m gonna do another livestream, ‘cos I like where the Q conversation is going, and I got some things to say. They might seem to be taking a rather jaundiced view of Q, but I’m not known for being a yellow-belly, so I took the plunge, and after a quick smoke and scribble on a sticky pad, had my topics organised, and was good to go.

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Discordian Tweets

Marketing, dull, dull, dull. But relevant to the topic, particularly the subject of deep marketing techniques, in relation to the YouTube (and perhaps, now, more main stream trending topic of Q). If you don’t know who the heck Q is, start here, and work your way back to me, ‘cos you are coming in at the tail end of the story. If you are familiar with the Q phenomenon, you might get a different perspective from my livestream chat (lecture, to be honest) about it, streamed over about an hour and a half. I tell you the order of topics in the beginning, so you can skip to the bit you are interested in if you are stuck for time, however, the topics are interrelated, so they make sense when the whole video is watched. Hope you find something of interest to aid you in your Q search for truth. UPDATE: The Discordians latest attempts to conflate Q, Cicada and thegame23, in accordance with the LARPing nature of the movement’s stated aims of turning everything anyone ever believed into such confusing nonsense that all of reality becomes a gluey soup where your mind gets stuck forever, making you incapable of distinguishing reality from fiction, and they get to laugh their socks off at meta-intellectual they are being. Truly nasty people, who don’t care what damage is done to people’s sense of reality, or what damage is done to other’s genuine projects, as they claim credit for the work of others, in order to carry out their OperationMindf*ck plans.

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Some of the many Discordian groups in Facebook

 

My recent tweets about Discordia and thegame23, and replies

 

Q – Trust The Plan

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Lift the Veil screenshot from this vid

The people that brought you Q are keeping the life support campaign going, and the patient seems to be still alive, and reviving from the recent coma, induced by the recent collision with reality. Q is up and about again, and getting legs it seems.

Voices of dissent are being heard, and a new conversation is starting, on issues that weren’t disscussed while the topic of Q was still the trendist thing around, and the only thing anyone could see. Some are rushing out to join the frey, like Annie Get Your Gun, singin’ ‘Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better’,¬† a few others are sitting by the patient’s bed, and some are chatting away to other folks in the hallways while the patient’s diapers and bedsheets are getting changed.

It’s a difficult conversation. Some folks in it aren’t sure what each other’s relationship to the patient actually is, and there is debate about whether Q will be the same person at all when he’s fully recovered; will he be a shadow of his former self, or a new man altogether? Only time will tell, and the time window for full recovery seems to be narrowing all the time. At least all Q’s friends and foes got to meet at last; even if it wasn’t pretty, it’s good to talk.

 

Get Off!

An interesting chat on Irish radio with Sean O’Rourke, about social media, and the growing campaign to persuade people to engage less online. Is it a good idea, or just another manipulation tactic, by a group with vested interests in shutting down discourse?

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Click here to listen to podcast

 

Call me the suspicious type, but I know in the business world leopards don’t stop being spotty overnight, even if they are living in a different habitat, or eating their prey off a different patch of ground. The protestations are as hard to swallow as when an antelope horn goes down one’s gullet sideways. This guy.

And this guy.

And, of course, this guy.

OK, lads. We hear you, and we’ll get back to you on it. Maybe stick a post up, tweet you, make a video, whatever. We won’t ring you though, ‘cos we know your phone is off.

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So the channel once known as Defango, then morphing into the cola-light version called MortDefango for livestreams, has finally reached the end-point of becoming defunct-o. This dramatic livestream was broadcast on YouTube a few days ago, and Defango announced that his livestreaming privilages, which were such an integral part of his channel’s content, were being revoked, and this was to be his last ever livestream.

This bombshell came after weeks of trouble over the Q thing, which culminated in the ‘exposure’ of the Cicada puzzle makers and the Q team on Defango’s, among others’ channels.

Defango revealed to his fascinated subscribers that he would be revealing all, and was expecting to be taking a lot of flack for it, but that he didn’t like the direction the whole thing had gone in, when it was meant to be a consciousness-raising exercise for the YouTube Truthers.

We don’t all have a 140 IQ, like Defango, but presumably the Plebians could do with being enlightened a little, and the way to do that included being a bit creative with the truth it seems.

So what about all those times we sat with Defango, while he solved Cicada clues, puffing away on his vaper like the caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland, chugging back his giant slurpies and assuring us that his puzzle-solving skillz were the best out there ‘cos 140 guys, OK? Did he have the slight advantage of being quick at solving them because he helped write them, as he later admitted in his videos?

Oh well, Cicada wasn’t a big waste of time, in lots of people’s minds. I liked watching the solving videos for the techie stuff, as Defango used some apps I wasn’t even aware were out there, and certainly had never used myself. It had some cool graphics too, and lots of esoteric references done in a visual way, that were interesting.

The puzzles were filled with lots of biblical ramblings, which didn’t appeal much to me, but there was something for everyone, including fortune-cookie readings a la I Ching daily horoscopes from Mystic D for the new-agers, as well as stuff aimed at the teenagers gaming in the basement for hours on end, with tedious semi-chivalric Assassins-Creed references, to glass-bead game level philosophical navel-gazings. It was a soup-kitchen of sorts for the soul, with all welcome.

When Q blew up in people’s faces, with the identity of the Q person or persons still not definitely established, the word LARP came up more and more regularly, and the conversation naturally started turning to debates over who were the biggest larpers in this corner of YouTube. Names like our old friend Denise‘s came up, as well as Jerome Corsi, Montagraph and others that had been around the block enough times, or have enough experience to know how to organise a good larp, but of course many ages and at least a few different skill sets were made use of in the effort to market the Q larp as a popular thing with various demographic groups.

Awww, don’t blame it all on the oldies Chinada; some of us aren’t ready to consign them to their mobility scooters for the rest of their days yet. I love seeing them on YouTube, although perhaps some of them, as can also be the case with younger people, are a bit too smart for their own good, and end up tying themselves in knots. Correct me if I am wrong, but some of your video comments suggest that you are not above forming alliances with some of the oldies yourself, even if you don’t always want to admit it. These comments from two of your video channels strike me as a bit of a reality mis-match, date wise, since two weeks after Denise Matteau was Emailing you (Truth Convoy commenter), you were saying you didn’t know the lady, and now you are sticking up for her like a hero, defending her against those nasty trolls. LARP, anyone? This logical lad argues that if someone has trolls, they must be OK. You see, this younger generation really leave the oldies in the shade when it comes to the thinking department. No wonder Denise wanted to befriend him.ChinadaDeniseCommentsEdited

Many believe in the idea of cosmic Karma, which I get, but I tend to think of it more as a lying is not such a good idea kind of situation. Poor Denise is having a horrible time at the moment, partly perhaps, because people object to the level of creativity with the truth that her various channels engaged in. How ironic that the truth movement keeps having these issues with the truth constantly.

I dare say Defango is still feeling a little misty-eyed over the whole YouTube livestreaming thing, and the trouble that the Cicada puzzle and Q caused, but he’ll get over it. In fact, he probably has already, since he has miraculously regained his ability to stream on YouTube. Must be the power of prayer. At least someone is still in his corner.

Depression is no joke.¬†The challenge is to not lose faith in yourself, or in others. As REM say, ‘life is bigger, it’s bigger than you’. That’s a thought that cheers me, and you have your religion Defango, so don’t lose that, if it’s what gets you through. With me it’s just life, and people, and yet, even the hurt is a part of what makes life wonderful.

Everybody hurts, some just have more trouble in their minds than others, and think everything is turning to rot in their hands, when it’s just the usual little¬† bits of poo that life tends to fling your way from time to time.

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That Special Twitter Moment we shared gave me such a glow

Seems Jethro’s apology has disappeared from our ‘special moment together’ tweet, so the tweets look a bit strange and one-sided. Like Defango, s/he has said nasty things to me, then blocked me. My apology still stands of course, I don’t regret sympathising with someone, nor do I regret being human enough to feel angry when they throw my sympathy back in my face. Being nice doesn’t have to include being a doormat, or not telling someone when their behaviour is crossing your boundaries.

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My tweets that earned such displeasure.

(Defango’s shit-eating reply tweet, like Jethro’s, was deleted)

Defango has a long way to go in the trolling department, if he wants to keep up with the oldies, however. They have been at it so much longer. Here’s a Denise Facebook post from 2016, where she is trolling an abuse survivor, who then points out the phenomenon I’ve observed, and call the reverse-troll maneuver; blame others for trolling you, while being the biggest troll out there. She will always be the queen of trolls in my eyes. First, one of her current comments, from a Chinada3 video.

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Denise’s comment about me, the ‘troll-queen’, in a Chinada video. See this post to find out who Neon Flux is.
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Is it terrible of me that I’m kind of flattered? A Deprogrammed Mind wasn’t so flattered by this comment:

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Denise’s comment to an abuse survivor on Facebook

Chinada is now criticizing myself, Wynter Moon and Aaron Cross, for standing up for ourselves against Denise and her trolls. Oh well, if you don’t do the research, and jump to conclusions, it’s easy to fall for the¬†ploy. And Denise is so good at organising chaos.

Updates: Bet you’re dying to know what’s happening with Defango and Denise since the events discussed above, like what Denise’s current version of her ever-changing and evolving stalker conspiracy theory is, or what steps Defango took to restore his loving giant reputation.

As for Defango, he was last seen licking Montagraph’s boots (metaphorically) in apology for their falling-outs, and writing Emails to both Monty, and Dave Acton, the YouTube legal eagle-eye (‘Hi, it’s Dave’), to get his help on the legal whatnots needed to extricate himself from a delicate situation.

Defango’s Apology Letter to Montagraph.

Denise is currently singing Chinada3’s praises, but who knows how long he will remain in the top spot as her Golden Boy and all round knight-in-shining-armour? Time will tell, and it probably won’t be long before the next round of drama hits the YouTube fan.¬†Click the text link to read more on the latest Denise items of interest here.¬†Sorry to go on endlessly in this post, but that’s the YouTube drama department for you. And the truth can be pretty dramatic sometimes, you have to admit. Thank goodness there are Exit and Shut down buttons for when you need them, as well as a Startup when life gets dull!

Managing The Conversation – The Hidden Persuaders

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How can marketers pull our strings from behind the scenes to manipulate our emotions, manage the conversation, and effect outcomes in ways we often aren’t even aware of? This short documentary from Channel 4 News on Cambridge Analytics is a tale of how marketers pull the strings to manipulate reality.

Sometimes the truth is hard to distinguish from all the lies that we are presented with in the media. An alternative view of the same news story is presented by Alex Jones. We like to have a choice; we tend towards cognitive dissonance when we have more than one choice, and don’t know which one to believe. Most people prefer to pick a side, and polarised positions result. The media love this too, because they¬† can feed like vampires off the fear and anxiety created by the uncertainty, and start working on their next story to give us all our next fix.

Marketers and producers in news and social media networks¬† are experts in keeping us going around in circles, never getting anywhere further in deciphering what the news really means. Obsfucation and misdirection is very much the point of much of the media, who want us to be kept in a confused state (i.e. easier to control and herd in a particular direction), with occasional intelligence-insulting payoffs in the form of flattery from people we don’t even know. One would think this stuff would be hard to fall for, but the truth is, it’s hard-wired into our brains to need a pay-off, to need certainty. We’re only human, after all.

The Creepy Online Family That Wanted to Adopt Me

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The following is an online publication outlining the political/educational aims of The Family, a marketing company that recently tried to recruit me, originally through YouTube, then¬† via their sites and on Facebook (see my previous posts that tell the full story here and here) using weird deep marketing techniques.¬† Are they the new army of moderators that YouTube has employed, I’m wondering? They make up a huge network, with head offices in three European locations. Their Facebook community lists 44,000 follows.

By the by,¬† I also got hacked after visiting their sites – just sayin’!

Sciences Po¬†Published on √Čcole d’affaires publiques. Who are Sciences Po, I hear you ask?
The  course outline document shown later in this post was downloaded from (http://www.sciencespo.fr/public) You can read their Manifesto on their site.

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Have a look at  what their publicity department says about them.TheFamilySaulAlinsky(Shown above is the Saul Alinsky link on The Family)  publicity material available here

 

Let’s see what courses one of their founders, Oosama Aama, can offer you, if you don’t want to start work for them immediately, but wish to get educated by them first. Like their conferences, their courses are free. Isn’t that great? And there I was thinking there was no such thing as even a free lunch. Here’s a course outline. Sounds interesting; very in-depth. You should be quite able to handle that new job at The Family after doing their course.

Digital, New Technology and Public Policy
General Objective
The Digital, New Technology and Public Affairs Policy Stream prepares the next generation of actors to leverage the nexus of interactions between exponential technologies, public affairs and civil society. The digital revolution is transforming the inner workings of our economies, businesses, democracies, social models and public affairs. The aim of this policy stream is to understand the evolution of economic and human activities that are direct results of digital technology and to explore the regulatory measures to be taken by public policy and civil society.
This stream addresses several key questions: How can we enhance the positive impact of emerging technology to address humanity’s main challenges, including equal access to education, renewable energy and global health? How can we minimize the negative externalities of such a process on individual freedom, inequalities and data privacy? How can civil society and public policy harness the¬†power of machine learning to bring about a shift from the public good to the common good?
The program offers the necessary pluri-disciplinary and holistic approaches needed to fully consider the economic, legal, social and institutional transformations brought about by exponential technologies:

The economic and human resource dimensions:
a micro perspective on the digital transformation of the industrial sector and organizations (including private businesses and public administrations); a macro perspective on the global causes and consequences of the¬† uberification” of the economy, and the tension that is emerging between new collaborative economies and established digital monopolies, such as Google.
The legal dimension of tax laws, intellectual property rights, and redefining potential
structural shifts in the labor model and standard employment contracts by taking into
account task fragmentation and unpaid work within the scope of a producer-consumer
system.
The social and institutional dimensions: social welfare 2.0, health care 2.0, democracy
2.0, citizenship 2.0 and more generally, government 2.0.
Specific feature
Core courses (select 4 core courses)
History of Technology Revolution
Digital and Innovative Government
Legal Implications of Innovation on Society
The Network Economy: MicroEconomics of Digital Markets
Regulation & Digital Economy
The Digital Transition of Organisations
Areas of specialization
Big Data and Public Policy;
Digital and Industrial economics;
Regulation of digital economy;
Fiscal and Economic Policy for digital activities;
Digital transformation and Management;
Micro-economics of digital companies and digital markets;
Financing businesses and households in the digital economy;
Health policy in the digital age;
Social policy and social insurance in the digital age: new risks, new approaches;
Data economics and privacy;
The future of work and organizations in the networked economy;
Intellectual property in the age of the networked economy;
Intellectual property in the age of zero-marginal costs;
History of information and communication technologies;
History of technological revolution and Silicon Valley
Published on √Čcole d’affaires publiques
(http://www.sciencespo.fr/public)
Fiscal and Economic Policy for digital activities;
Digital transformation and Management;
Micro-economics of digital companies and digital markets;
Financing businesses and households in the digital economy;
Health policy in the digital age;
Social policy and social insurance in the digital age: new risks, new approaches;
Data economics and privacy;
The future of work and organizations in the networked economy;
Intellectual property in the age of zero-marginal costs;
History of information and communication technologies;
History of technological revolution and Silicon Valley
Suggested electives
Big Data and Government;
Introduction to Coding;
Law and New Technology;
Social innovation, Participation and Government : aggiornamento or Revolution ?;
Monetary, Fiscal and Financial Policy;
Growth and Innovation;
Health and Social Policy;
Urban and Regional Development Policy;
Sustainable Development.
Career Opportunities
The areas of specializations offered lead to careers in various sectors of activities, including media,
SMEs, higher education institutions, research labs, and corporations focusing on a specific
technology-driven industry. Careers can be pursued in both public and private sectors, from
consultancy positions to research and knowledge management.

Programme
Master in Public Policy:
Programme, semester 1
Programme, semester 2
Programme, semesters 3 and 4

Master in European Affairs:
Programme, semester 1
Programme, semester 2
Scientific Advisor
Nicolas Colin, Co-founder & Partner, TheFamily, with Alice Zagury and
Oussama Ammar. Commissioner, Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libert√©s
(CNIL) (nominated by Claude Bartolone, Speaker of the Assemblée nation)

Facebook Group Recommendation
The Discordian Facebook Group OOA G9603 Recruitment Area