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  • Ichingcarpenter (4144 posts)
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    Weaponized Narrative Is The New Battlespace

    By Nicholas West

    A new project has been announced by Arizona State University’s Center on the Future of War and think tank New America. This collaboration has created a subset within ASU titled, “The Weaponized Narrative Initiative.” Two Co-directors, Brad Allenby and Joel Garreau, have penned a must-read opinion piece at Defense One, wherein they have employed the Orwellian catchphrase of “weaponized narrative” to replace what’s commonly known as propaganda.

    The two authors center their piece with a premise of apocalyptic concern about foreign State actors and influence peddling, saying that “in the hands of professionals” the emotional techniques of narrative are a cornerstone of perception control over the target populace.

    In the hands of professionals, the powerful emotions of anger and fear can be used to control adversaries, limit their options, and disrupt their functional capabilities.
    Ironically their justifications for the U.S. government to make propaganda Mission #1 begin with two embedded links to dubious claims and outright falsehoods stemming from the discredited Washington Post promoting the idea that the Russians hacked the U.S. election and are supposedly employing a battery of alternative news outlets, to produce “fake news.”
    Other motives cited by the authors for taking extreme action are everything from Brexit to Ukraine and basically anything else that would see people awakening en masse to the gross mismanagement of their feudal leaders. These populist uprisings are instead seen as coordinated efforts by a cadre of mind terrorists who apparently want to “undermine an opponent’s civilization, identity, and will by generating complexity, confusion, and political and social schisms.”……………………… more


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    About the agencies he talks about.

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  • Depaysement (718 posts)
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    1. Clausewitz meets Arendt

    I suspect this an expansion and spinoff of DARPA.

    "White youth, black youth Better find another solution Why not phone up Robin Hood And ask him for some wealth distribution" White Man in Hammersmith Palais (1978)
  • bemildred (5849 posts)
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    2. The defense grommets sure like to weaponize their jargon.

    If new jargon won wars, we’d rule the planet by now. “Kinetic operations” as opposed to “cyber operations”. “weaponized narrative” as opposed to old, stodgy “propaganda”, or as I like to call it: “bullshit”.

    It ain't the things you don't know that hurts you, it's the things you know that ain't so.
    • Ichingcarpenter (4144 posts)
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      3. Never the less

      It shows what they are planning, doing and actualizing in real time.

      Damn Russians messing with Mariah Carey’s energy grid that destroyed her lip sinking New Year show….. joke aside

      Be prepared for really war like tactics on people finding the truth.

      • bemildred (5849 posts)
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        4. I used to write crap like that, it does not impress me.

        I have no doubt they will try to weaponize narrative or whatever, and they may well manage to do some harm somewhere, but it’s not a new idea, propaganda, and the Internet does not help anybody control the narrative. Weaponizing narrative on the internet is labor intensive and it does not work, as the last election showed.

        The thing to worry about is EMP attacks, rebooting your jet in flight is no picnic.

        It ain't the things you don't know that hurts you, it's the things you know that ain't so.
        • Ichingcarpenter (4144 posts)
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          5. Its more like this


          Glenn Greenwald

          February 25 2014, 12:25 a.m.

          One of the many pressing stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. It’s time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents.

          Over the last several weeks, I worked with NBC News to publish a series of articles about “dirty trick” tactics used by GCHQ’s previously secret unit, JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group). These were based on four classified GCHQ documents presented to the NSA and the other three partners in the English-speaking “Five Eyes” alliance. Today, we at the Intercept are publishing another new JTRIG document, in full, entitled “The Art of Deception: Training for Online Covert Operations.”

          By publishing these stories one by one, our NBC reporting highlighted some of the key, discrete revelations: the monitoring of YouTube and Blogger, the targeting of Anonymous with the very same DDoS attacks they accuse “hacktivists” of using, the use of “honey traps” (luring people into compromising situations using sex) and destructive viruses. But, here, I want to focus and elaborate on the overarching point revealed by all of these documents: namely, that these agencies are attempting to control, infiltrate, manipulate, and warp online discourse, and in doing so, are compromising the integrity of the internet itself.

          Among the core self-identified purposes of JTRIG are two tactics: (1) to inject all sorts of false material onto the internet in order to destroy the reputation of its targets; and (2) to use social sciences and other techniques to manipulate online discourse and activism to generate outcomes it considers desirable. To see how extremist these programs are, just consider the tactics they boast of using to achieve those ends: “false flag operations” (posting material to the internet and falsely attributing it to someone else), fake victim blog posts (pretending to be a victim of the individual whose reputation they want to destroy), and posting “negative information” on various forums. Here is one illustrative list of tactics from the latest GCHQ document we’re publishing today:





          • bemildred (5849 posts)
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            6. Yeah, I know, they've been doing that for a long time.

            Even before the internet. And they want to do it on the internet too, but it’s difficult, because people can talk back, and there is lots of clickbait, and noise. And what they mean by weaponized narrative is something they can force people to believe, which is stupid.

            We were getting infiltrated well before the internet came along. “Never listen to your FBI plant.”

            I’m a big fan of Orwell and Huxley, and they did indeed forsee what we live in now, but I have to point out that as with the USSR it is not working so well any more, and that is why these guys are being paid to write crap like this.

            I’m not saying we should back off, I’m saying we are winning.

            It ain't the things you don't know that hurts you, it's the things you know that ain't so.