By Ken Sheetz & Elizabeth England
for THE GREAT HACK
Note: Under the old adage, “It’s better to laugh than cry,” the tone of this blog is meant to tickle your funny bone about a serious personal data issue that might just spell the end of Democracy.
Do you have friend or family member who shocked the hell out of you by changing from a run of the mill liberal into a Bible-thumping Trump believer back in 2016? Well then, there’s a new film on Netflix called THE GREAT HACK that just might solve the mystery of this transformation–a mind-numbing mystery that’s busted up entire families and ended lifelong friendships.
Remember those people all the pollsters called Undecided? THE GREAT HACK lets us see behind the curtain of the hard-working evil geniuses behind Cambridge Analytica. Using 5000 data points (which means they know your Aunt Emma better than you), Cambridge dubbed your loved ones who’ve been driving you nuts as “Persuadables,” in a big old PSYOP worthy of a Bond villain. They even offered up all kinds of fun ‘personality tests’ on Facebook to let us self-identify whose profiles they were after to persuade. Ever take one of those on Facebook? Even if you did not you friends who took us all down the rabbit hole together,
Yep, it’s time to forgive your Trumpy friends and family because they might have been targeted as Persuadables with weapons-grade brainwashing memes and videos, kind of a 2D stealth version of WW2’s Tokyo Rose. The movie deeply, albeit with an ‘ironic as it gets’ liberal slant, shows us that the Republicans like Trump and Cruz hired Cambridge Analytica, who in turn harvested the equally culpable (run by Mr. Butter Would Not Melt in His Zuckerberg Mouth) Facebook, to run Psychological Operations (PSYOP) using ‘weaponized data’ to divide and manipulate us like prize cattle.
Wikipedia defines PSYOP as follows: Psychological operations (PSYOP) are operations to convey selected information and indicators to audiences to influence their emotions, motives, and objective reasoning, and ultimately influence the behavior of governments, organizations, groups, and individuals. In other words, it’s propaganda: “information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.”
Our personal data it turns out has been mercilessly mined into a trillion mind control business. No wonder that crafty Mr. Turtle, a.k.a. Mitch McConnell, won’t allow the passage of any legislation on election reform. He wants the Reps to hang on to their PSYOP card. Turns out, the greatest asset Facebook has belongs to us–our data–and rather than us getting paid for it, we’re getting mind-F’d.
What gives the film depth and excitement is the flipping of Brittany Kaiser from poor Obama angel to bought off wealthy Trump devil and back whistle blower angel again. It’s a personal journey worthy of Shakespeare. And the way the talented directors, Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim have such real time access to Britany’s tortured ‘journey to the light’ is mind blowing.
Five CTE penguins. We highly recommend THE GREAT HACK as a way to understand the proverbial shit storm of weapon grade social media PSYOP we’re all in for as the liberals play PSYOP catch up. Meanwhile, please hide your Persuadale loved one’s computer and cell phone. Or, more realistically, enlighten them on the peace of mind ad blocking can bring in the PSYOP wars we are all mired in.
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