- May 25, 2013
Yeah the mindset of these individuals is fascinating. I think most people in general are basically sheep, easily led or drawn into belief systems that can influence their behaviour and thinking, people what to belong to something to perhaps reassure themselves or define themselves.It's also fascinating IMO, the mindset that's pushing them along that narrative.
My missus has a cousin on her FB who she tells me is constantly spamming her board with Covid-19 hoax conspiracy to the point that other members of the family are replying to her informing her that they have had covid and that loved ones of their have died from the virus and she refuses to relent. Telling them that they didn't have it.
The root of this is obviously the internet, social media and disinformation campaigns but it's fascinating how easily led people are.
What concerns me is the ease in which a foreign country (Russia) could wage potent information warfare on us via the internet with very little effort. Especially in times of crisis like now with the pandemic and we have less social cohesion in our countries than ever before.
It could be religion, politics, veganism, even a sports team, people tie themselves to something to believe in or have faith in and then define themselves by it. Usually it's something relatively harmless to them and those around them but sometimes it can lead to some truly dangerous thinking and behaviour when what they believe in has no basis in the reality around them or someone uses their fanatical belief against them for their own purposes.
The internet and social media has no doubt created a platform for many people with wild ideas and given similar minded people a safe space to share odd opinions with one another which has reinforced their views. The creation of these echo chambers online where people go to just reinforce their own opinions has led to people with these twisted views on the world.
I wouldn't say could, I'd say they have already started to wage a misinformation war on the west. No doubt Russia has manipulated the west via misinformation online as people now have developed a twisted view on the news. People's mistrust of mainstream media has led people to turn to very questionable sources like social media which can be so easily manipulated by foreign interests. You have to wonder how much of what is happening now has been influenced by foreign interference.
Lol I now sound like the conspiracy theorist.
The west right now has never been this divided since WW2. US have turned away from it's self appointed role as leaders of the free world, too divided and focused on it's own internal issues and in Europe the UK has left the EU and even within the UK, there's greater division as Scotland looks to separate itself from the UK, growing tensions in NI and greater disharmony due to the north south divide. Even the US/UK special relationship is being strained. Sun Tze said to divide and conquer, well the west has been divided question is now will our enemies conquer?