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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

RIGHT, LEFT AND CENTRE. THERE'S A VIDEO FOR EVERY IDEOLOGY.

There's one for every occasion and one for every narrative.  They are the white supremisist, the Muslim, the misogynist, the animal abuser and they all have a few things in common.

1.  They RARELY tell the whole story
2.  They ALWAYS have an angle.
3.  They're ALWAYS repeated over and over, retweeted and shared, over and over.
4.  They're NEVER used to bring us together or to SOLVE a problem.
5.  For every person defending the specific video, there's one bashing it.

What is their value?
What is their purpose?
How do we get rid of the problem?

Folks, this is not going to be a quick read from FactMissile, as we have been acustom to.  We have to get some things straight about the damage these videos are doing.  Moving MEMEs are a major problem, a major tool in the internet propaganda battles.

The current one that is causing all the rage features a native American elder in what appears to be a solitary protest in Washington DC.  Whether it is solitary or part of a larger protest is made irrelevant,  he appears to be solo and interviews make it sound as though he was acting alone for his specific cause.  He was not the only protester,  other causes were being voiced as well.

A widely re-posted video taken by I don't know who shows the protester, surrounded by a group of young white men who appear to be mocking the elder's traditional Native American chant performed with a traditional drum.  One young man in particular,  wearing a red MAGA hat, as were several others, was very much up in the face of the protester with an obviously arrogant or condescending facial expression.  It does not paint a good picture of the young men or the school they are associated with.

There have been videos surface showing the interaction from other angles and painting a slightly different picture of the events. Each video, where ever shot from can paint an entirely different picture of the events.  Think back to an earlier Quick Read; A SINGLE FACT CAN BE A DANGEROUS THING.  You need to see as many angles as possible to have an informed view on the event. Whether it is a single view of an event from one focal point, or a single event out of thousands, it is entirely possible to be completely led a stray by one view and a few words to push you in a given direction.  As is predictable, and frankly understandable the press and twitterverse have made hay out of this event for both sides of the MAGA debate. Although the spin on this one, out of the gate, was from the anti Trump/anti MAGA side.

Certainly it is not to imply the pro Trump/pro MAGA supporters don't do the same thing.  They are to be blunt near addicted to it.  At times pulling up stuff that one would only find in obscure little corners of the web.  As with any of them, they can and do provide their own narrative. As mentioned earlier, those few words to push viewers down a given direction.

Often time the video features language that has to be translated and we are at the mercy of the poster to let us know what horrible thing is being said.  The propaganda issue is the same as the video of the boys in red hats as well.  The video captures one point of view and one small chunk of what is often a much larger event, or it does not even accurately depict the event at all.  How do we know what the goal of the poster is?  This takes us back to an earlier post; " HAVE YOU BEEN INFORMED OR INFLAMED?" It is not very often that the poster of any of these videos is simply trying to provide dispassionate, balanced reporting.  It is out there to create outrage.  Outrage after all gets people to the polls and it gets people clicking and sharing.  Sharing means clicks, clicks mean coin.

It's not limited to the debate over MAGA and the border wall by any stretch. Climate Change, Porn, Gun Rights, Animal Welfare, if you have a cause you can find a video to make your point, while ignoring everything else going on outside of the view of that one camera.

How do we work our way around it?

1.  DON'T GET ANGRY, GET FACTS.
2.  GET MORE THAN THE ONE OR TWO FACTS BEING SHOWN
3.  ANALYSE AND ASK IF YOU ARE BEING INFORMED OR INFLAMED.
4.  STEP OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE, TRUTH IS RARELY COMFORTABLE.

Find out who is benefiting and how from the fixation that is being created on the video that you are being drawn in to.  Someone is getting something out of it.

We have to start taking a lot more personal responsibility for the views we are developing from the propaganda that is surrounding us.  Right, Left or Centre we are not benefiting from the constant bickering and distrust that we are being conditioned to maintain.  There are puppet masters out there that want us to continue to look at each other with distrust because if we ever stopped to look at the world they are creating we might just demand better from the powers than what we are being offered.


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