Every jump of technical progress leaves the relative intellectual development of the masses a step behind, and thus causes a fall in the political-maturity thermometer. It takes sometimes tens of years, sometimes generations, for a people’s level of understanding gradually to adapt itself to the changed state of affairs, until it has recovered the same capacity for self-government as it had already possessed at a lower stage of civilization. (Hardy translation)
And so every leap of technical progress brings with it a relative intellectual regression of the masses, a decline in their political maturity. At times it may take decades or even generations before the collective consciousness gradually catches up to the changed order and regains the capacity to govern itself that it had formerly possessed at a lower stage of civilization. (Boehm translation)
― Arthur Koestler, Darkness at Noon
Popular Opinion in Totalitarian Regimes
Fascism, Nazism, Communism
Edited by Paul Corner
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Totalitarian regimes of one sort or another have been
one of the distinguishing features of the twentieth century, yet a thorough
analysis of popular opinion in these regimes—its characteristics, its changes
over time—has been lacking until relatively recently. It is not difficult to find
an explanation for this; at least in part the questions were not asked simply
because we thought we already knew the answers. The rhetoric of the Cold
War provided us with ready-made schemes that left little room for further
investigation. For a long period before 1989—a period stretching back to the
1950s but reaching as far as Reagan’s invention of the ‘Evil Empire’— there
seemed to be few doubts about what totalitarianism was like. The conventional
wisdom on these regimes explained everything in terms of terror and coercion
on the one side and propaganda on the other. This view was heavily conditioned
by observation of the workings of the post-1945 communist bloc. If we knew
that communists did not actually eat babies, our picture of life beyond the Iron
Curtain was nonetheless highly coloured by images of secret police, the show
trial and the gulag. If people supported these regimes, it was said, it was because
they were either too terrified to oppose tyranny or brainwashed by propaganda
into thinking that the regime was always justified in its actions. Either way they
were seen essentially as victims of various repressive mechanisms. This was the
position that saw its heyday during the Cold War, when Nazism, fascism, and
communism were very rapidly assimilated to each other by the political scientists
of the West. Indeed it is precisely the Cold War connotations of the very word
‘totalitarianism’ which still make its use difficult, putting as it does regimes of
left and right into the same category and associating all with the images provided
by George Orwell’s 1984 or Arthur Koestler’s Darkness at Noon
What is to be done, we have been living with the technology which largely makes up the bulk of the present hypnotic psychosis. That technology is the internet.
(ADOBE) Flash ( no longer supported) Old Codecs being retired is a fast track to room 101.
The spectacle of the Cake and 3 ring circus is literally served up through “Smart TV and Phone/tablet screens these shackles are dressed up as consumer desirable must haves and subsidised hugely this is not for the benefit of the User , it is for the benefit of the Owner of the firmware.
Public opinion is important even in totalitarian regimes the role of informers is incredibly important to fill in the gaps of where the propaganda is not inducing “The Proper Thinking”
“[T]he more radical the person is, the more fully he or she enters into
reality so that, knowing it better, he or she can transform it. This
individual is not afraid to confront, to listen, to see the world
unveiled. This person is not afraid to meet the people or to enter into a
dialogue with them. This person does not consider himself or herself
the proprietor of history or of all people, or the liberator of the
oppressed; but he or she does commit himself or herself, within history,
to fight at their side.”―Paulo Freire,
Pedagogy of the Oppressed
At the end of 2019 I completed a 3 year programme of assessing the state of mass media communication and internet useage
I concluded that end to end encrypted distributed network communication was the key to breaking the Monopoly cookie monster stranglehold
on “Public Opinion” . If it was not the case that public opinion does not matter why would so much effort be expended ensuring that people believe even absurd claims made by the higher up’s?
This single video explains why its by the late great Joe Armstrong ,
THE SPEAKER – JOE ARMSTRONG
Co-creator of Erlang
Joe Armstrong is a retired computer scientist. He got his grey hairs inventing Erlang, starting a few companies, writing a few books, doing some research and teaching people to program.
Erlang is the programming language used to code WhatsApp
At a keynote presentation at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February 2014, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp was closely related to the Internet.org vision. A TechCrunch article said this about Zuckerberg’s vision:
The idea, he said, is to develop a group of basic internet services that would be free of charge to use – ‘a 911 for the internet.’ These could be a social networking service like Facebook, a messaging service, maybe search and other things like weather. Providing a bundle of these free of charge to users will work like a gateway drug of sorts – users who may be able to afford data services and phones these days just don’t see the point of why they would pay for those data services. This would give them some context for why they are important, and that will lead them to pay for more services like this – or so the hope goes.
Facebooks purchase of Whattsapp was a 911 for the internet but not in the way that Zuckerberg intended to communicate.
Things like Gab, Telegram and bitchute frighten the Cookie monster monopoly to death.
Soon the technological step-change / paradigm shift actually the apparent advantage the political hegemon appears to have presently is easily circumvented Erlang is but one example. The trick is critical mass within the network, adoption and network persistence.
At the very least if one uses a monopoly coolie monster platform setting up a shadow account on one of the other platforms would be a bear minimum effort. Eventually a mass click out from Google, Facebook, Linkedin , Insta and Twitter will apply the coup de grace.
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