This link from Cryptome came across my Twitter feed late last night, and when I looked at it I knew that this post was to come.
I want you to look at that link and bookmark it. Archive it if you're particularly worried about it going down the Memory Hole. It is important to note the links to the UK's GCHQ agency and their involvement in the same sort of shenanigans that the US's NSA is now known to do thanks to Edward Snowden, but I want you to scroll down and start reading the body of the page. I want you to read the techniques for online information manipulation and control with an eye to the forums, subreddits, blogs, comment sections, etc. that you frequent (or did in the past) and see if you recognize any of them being used.
I do. You see, this is not just something political campaigns do, but rather something that other interested parties--some of whom are not paid to do it--employ, such as the Social Justice cult. They do it for the same reasons that their counterparts working for real power players do: to take and wield real power. Influence is not something to laugh off; if you're not actively defending your brain via critical thinking (i.e. the Trivium Method), then you're vulnerable to being influenced in this manner.My comment: reading through the techniques for dilution, misdirection and control of online forums, I was fascinated--and more than a little unsettled--by how many I've seen used in the field.
Read the guide and learn to recognize when you're potentially being being had. If new commenters suddenly appear on a site you frequent in the midst of a developing controversy, if they make a bunch of unsupported allegations from a position of assumed authority, and if they're given to emotional miscues while pursuing a single-minded line of argument, you may be dealing with trained shills.