The core of cyber warfare is disinformation. Propaganda has never been more potent than it has become on the Internet. The problem is not mere data and facts, but the mythology that is built from a particular orientation. Thus, the real battle is a matter of epistemology.
In this context, epistemology is mostly a matter of basic assumptions about reality. It includes assertions about what is good and evil, and how we arrive at those assertions. However, propaganda refuses to openly discuss its epistemology. Instead, it creates a mythology and tries to ram it down your throat. Propagandists flood the public forum with conclusions that require one to assume their a priori moral orientation, carefully trying to prevent anyone from raising the question of those assumptions.
I don’t pretend to be neutral on such things. A major element of this blog has always been dealing with the question of epistemology. What do you have to swallow first to buy into someone’s story?
Western mainstream media is founded on the job of promoting the elitist agenda, and promotes keeping us away from full awareness of the issues involved. You’ll get a flood of stories that you simply cannot consume without first absorbing fundamental lies. For example, the king of Thailand has placed royal property under the same tax laws as his subjects. Western media spins this by pointing out what is exempt from taxes, trying to make it sound like this is some big propaganda move by the king. But the king merely takes the same exemptions he gives to everyone in his kingdom. In Thailand, there is no property tax, per se, only a tax on property used for commercial purposes. It’s a business tax. You won’t get that story from the mainstream Western media.
It’s the same crap drowning us right now about almost everything in our domestic US politics. Everything is presented in layers of unspoken false assumptions. It’s deception by omission — you aren’t given the whole story. They refuse to discuss the underlying moral assumptions, and if someone tries to force that discussion, there are a whole groups of organizations ready to destroy you any way they can. They own the public debate.
The biggest lie is that the mainstream media is leftist or liberal. That idea itself carries a raft of false assumptions. Both the left and right are defined by the same core group of elitists. Our two political parties are two wings of the same predatory bird. It’s one massive RPG (role-playing game). The only thing you really need to understand is that this bird intends to consume you. It won’t matter which side you stand on; choosing sides means getting close enough to be eaten.
Stop playing the game. Once you take the time to examine the question of epistemology, and review what’s available among a far broader array of assumptions about reality, you can find a better place to stand far away from the deadly game.
This blog promotes one epistemology, and does it openly. Mine may not work for you, but I will keep raising the question so that you can choose for yourself. I’ll do my darnedest to keep you from playing sycophant; I have no use for that.
The best way to combat cyber disinformation is to kick out the supports from under it. Build your own epistemology.