Tuesday, March 22, 2011

#TwitterExposed: Why People Like Twit, Why Politicians Ignore Twit, And Why Bankers Laugh At Twit


#TwitterExposed: Why People Like Twit, Why Politicians Ignore Twit, And Why Bankers Laugh At Twit

Vijay Sarma | Black Krishna Blog | March 22, 2011

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The dictionary definition of twitter is “a short burst of inconsequential information.” A perfect name, said @Jack [co-founder] because “that’s exactly what the product was.”

- Globe and Mail, "The history of Twitter, 140 characters at a time", 20/Mar/11

As the micro-blogging site Twitter turns 5 years old, it's now more popular than ever thanks to heavy media promotion, with over 200 million users. Like other advances in social networking technology, it's convenience and utility can't be denied, especially when they're confirmed by millions of users. However, its effects can be examined.

When examing any topic, context is important. Most people know about financial, corporate and government corruption that threatens our future. But, fewer know how groups work to standardize cultures worldwide as part of a push for global control. Unless people understand this, it's hard to resist, but millions do, so it's not hard to.

Globally, the mass media is now promoting Twitter as a valuable tool for activists to resist tyrannical governments. Since they usually ignore activist efforts, this might be the first time they've done anything like this in history. A quick search of the word "Twitter" on Google News reveals 61,700 stories as of this writing. Twitter is "hot".

What exactly do people do on Twitter? They "tweet" (like birds) links to info or ideas, in 140 characters or less, to try to satisfy and increase the number of "followers" they have. Since it's hard to explain much in 140 characters or less, most info shared has to reference a mainstream understanding of the world most people are familiar with.

Most activists have issues with the mainstream media, but the most successful activists on Twitter will probably have to reference the mainstream media to make sure their (preferably) growing list of followers will understand them quickly in 140 characters or less. Therefore, activists who rely on Twitter get indirectly controlled.

Twitter users in general are forced to conform to mainstream views of the world to communicate this quickly. Many won't bother thinking of many thoughts to add since there isn't room to share them. Over time, many users will likely stop coming up with own thoughts. This can play into the hands of people in power working to control us.

Phonetically, the root word of Twitter is "twit", which means "a mentally deficient or self-defeating person" (Wikipedia). So: if people in power are behind promoting this, they're probably having a good laugh. Propaganda also works through repetition, so lazily repeating or "re-tweeting" what we're all sold makes it more effective than ever.

Today, we have more access to information than at any time in history. Yet, we have less political control than at any time in history. This wasn't supposed to happen. So, it may not be an accident. Stories and studies on how social networking tools reduce our attention spans might help explain things. If we have the patience to read them.

Global "new age" influenced cultures suggest we try to "keep it happy" as much as possible, or when mentioning something bad, it's polite to quickly mention something good to take the edge off. When using Twitter, there's little room to explain anything, so complex issues get over-simplified or ignored as it gets tougher to deal with them.

Should you, faithful reader, be hardy enough to make it this far, you'll note the steady stream of critical analysis about Twitter. The social pressure to say something good about topics we criticize is meant to neutralize the impact of criticism so it's never dealt with. Twitter helps do that quickly until we just tweet random happy thoughts.

Our happiness is at stake and affected by all our actions, including the sense of fulfillment (or lack) we get from Twitter or anything else. Unwittingly destroying our ability to communicate can affect our confidence, relationships and everything else, so even if something is fashionable, we should see whether or not it's valuable too.

Dozens of allusions to mind control can be made about Twitter, from the bastardized cliches, isolating narcissim, bland complaints or updates, #hashtags creating silly trending topics and more. There's no reason to discuss them for their own sake, but there is when it comes to dealing with our corrupt and threatening political systems.

Politicians who are corrupt and want to be left unaccountable would surely prefer people spend 5 hours "Twitting" (tweeting) instead of taking 5 minutes to send them a well-written email they'd need to respond to, or talking to their neighbours about complex issues until everyone can understand them and they ask for better policies.

Tautological arguments that are true by definition, like "people have to use Twitter because everyone uses Twitter", often ignore the challenges and desired outcomes of our modern age. While it may be a bad idea to ignore it, it may be an worse idea to rely on Twitter to affect political change because the mass media says it will work.

Big central banks, whose owners control the world's money-supply and indirectly control the world, including many revolutions meant to occur at this time, are behind the push for global control that should be resisted locally everywhere. While Twitter may help, since it's heavily promoted, it's probably not meant to. What can we do?

Perhaps if more people resist the urge to use Twitter until it changes how they think, or stops them from thinking of much to say, its effects can be mitigated. Locally, if people use it to set up offline meetings where they discuss important topics in depth and come up with solutions, it can be effective. This happens. But not often enough.

Below is a documentary called "Endgame: Blueprint for Global Enslavement" by Alex Jones, an independent media magnate who researches the plans of the global elite. He's co-signed by many experts smarter than most and has been publicly right on political issues for over 15 years. Can Twitter help us defeat a new "global" empire?

Also below is a link to articles on the effects of social networking tools to help us deal with them. Ultimately, we have to use technology to communicate and to empower people into taking action, so that should be the focus. But, it may help to understand why certain tools are more promoted than others and to understand the effects too.

Finally, all is not lost with every humble tweet we launch into cyberspace. As long as people can see and recognize the problems with the platform when dealing with our serious political issues, they can make sure we transcend them. As celebrations of Twitter turning 5 years old dominate the mass media, let's make sure we know why.


Vijay Sarma is a journalist, artist and activist investigating globalization, how it affects people in Toronto, Canada and the World and what we can all do. He can be reached at vijay.sarma@gmail.com or 647-855-4744 or http://twitter.com/MayorVij. His website is WhatYouWantToBelieveIn.com.


EndGame HQ full length version



Endgame on DVD


Endgame Bibliography



Twitterverse - What You Want To Believe In

Articles on the effects of social networking tools on us.





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