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It seems that with the advent of social media technologies (Twitter, etc.), we are now all presented with a world that is curiously similar to The Matrix, where anyone can pretend to be anything, lie, change the so-called facts, or appear as an expert on anything without any experience or accountability whatsoever.This is simply accomplished in the case of Twitter through the use of an ‘alias’–or what otherwise might be termed as an ‘avatar’ or a ‘moniker’. Some people may actually use a real name–but through the use of mere Internet illusions make themselves seem much more relevant (or even more popular) than is the case. It seems that Hillary Clinton has engaged in these activities.
We all learn things from our teachers, friends, parents, and grandparents; and we trust these people because we know them to one degree or another. However, in the case of social media, when users arrive at any Twitter thread (aka ‘hashtag’), the vast majority of people participating are complete unknowns at best. Even if you have followed an ‘alias’ for a while, what do you really know about that entity? There are estimates that about half of the aliases (avatars) on Twitter at any given time can be ‘fake’ entities or computer-generated interactive programs that approximate humans in Twitter activity. In other cases, aliases that are posting to hashtags can be part of an army of aliases that have been created and are controlled by a single real person–and this is a common occurrence; the process is as simple as creating multiple email accounts.
The news is full of stories about people who have made serious miscalculations about others based upon appearances and perceptions. In one case, a young woman who was hitchhiking felt that hitching a ride with a young couple who had a new baby was safe enough; shockingly, the female hitchhiker was repeatedly raped and tortured over a 7-year period. There are many examples of other atrocities that were committed by people who were considered ‘normal’ by their neighbors. This is merely one example of how appearances are deceiving–and are even more (exponentially) so on the Internet.
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The Internet is a place where a lot of ‘monkey-business’ (for the lack of a better description) is going on. Twitter threads (‘hashtags‘) can literally contain thousands of posts seemingly made by hundreds of different people–when in fact, the multitude of aliases that are ‘posting’ are merely clones of just a few people who, through the use of many created aliases, are able to dominate Twitter hashtags.
This ’monkey-business’ affects the perceptions of readers to the extent that it is extremely misleading to most readers, causing them to form an opinion or believe things that aren’t necessarily accurate or true, while concurrently limiting (by dilution) the information that is being offered by other, possibly more relevant (and real) people on the threads at Twitter. This also happens on Facebook to some extent as well.
What is of concern, at least to me, are the immoral people who have figured out how to take advantage of social websites such as Twitter, much to their own personal advantage and/or financial gain (and possibly to the greater disadvantage of a host of others, including the general audience on the threads, who are thereby misled). These evil people have figured out how to ’tilt’ the playing field in their favor.
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Just like ‘Agent Smith’ in the movie The Matrix, there are some people who have created multiple (potentially dozens of) aliases of themselves (even adopting various ages, sexual orientations, and ethnicities) and are misusing these diverse ‘teams’ of aliases to take advantage of the weaknesses in the technologies of social media to further their agendas by promoting opinions that through sheer volume tend to influence others. In some cases, a few real people who are working together and who control many dozens of aliases will ‘team up’ to form what are the equivalent of street gangs on certain Twitter hashtags (I call them ‘hashtag gangs’). And by doing so, they can essentially control the thread by drowning out (arguing against) any independent comments or ideas that ‘they’ disagree with. Added to which, they buy more and more followers for each of their fake aliases, which makes them seem more popular to the casual onlooker.
This activity creates an unhealthy atmosphere where people are influenced to ‘go-along to get-along’ on threads where ‘Hashtag Gangs’ are operating; and this stops some people from expressing their actual views, lest they be chastised by what may seem like many different people who hold a similar opinion. These hucksters realize that peer pressure is powerful, and the human need for acceptance is what turns some people into lemmings.
However, as Albert Einstein said, “What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right.”
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I want everyone to remain absolutely clear on what I am saying here: I am not suggesting that everyone using an alias (as opposed to an actual identity) is engaged in this activity. I believe the problems that a few of us see stem from a minority of very slick people, including some diabolical leftist-Marxist politicians (lacking any moral compass) who know how to use the system and the group psychology that exists on Twitter and Facebook very well.
It is my belief that these shenanigans are happening; to what extent is difficult to determine as an outsider looking in. As outsiders looking in, we can only observe the results of activities, or what might be described as the outward expressions of the system. As the ‘Architect’ of the system, Twitter itself is the only entity in a position to observe any possible system defects or weaknesses that may exist, and that allows such calculated misbehavior and corrects any such issues (should they be inclined to do so).
Nonetheless, I believe that what is happening happens enough to inordinately skew the popularity of ‘tweets’ and the apparent availability and perception of information online, which has a much larger and adverse effect on the entire online community.
So it comes down to this: as it was in the movie The Matrix, you are the only one who can decide what you want to believe. I offer nothing more than the truth from my perspective, as Morpheous says to Neo in this video clip:
Why Twitter may be allowing this to happen, I cannot say. Do they directly or indirectly profit from this? I truly don’t know. I do know that when any Twitter account (an alias) has thousands of ’followers’ it creates the false impression of ‘popularity’ to the online audience. And popularity can be confused with credibility and accountability.
When a Twitter alias (user) buys thousands, or even millions, of fake ‘followers’, which are shown on the ’profile’ of the alias, viewers are misled as to the genuine popularity of that alias–which, in some cases, could be a politician looking to be elected. And when politicians buy these fake ‘followers’, they intentionally create the false impression that these so-called ‘followers’ are real people that gravitated to their alias (personality) as a function of the ’true’ popularity–when that is not the case. This reminds me of dictators in banana republics who ‘buy elections‘. Not very sporting of them….
In order to be fair to Twitter, I must also state that as of this writing, I have no information as to if and/or how Twitter may be addressing this situation, which I personally view as a serious problem. However, I am sure the people who are profiting from the sales of ‘followers’ do not see this situation the way others might. Sometimes, money has a way of overcoming and clouding ‘logic’ and moral values in these matters.
Maybe this isn’t ‘news’ to some readers; but for some, it may be–as if you had swallowed the ‘Red Pill’. As I see it, Hillary Clinton wants Americans to swallow the ‘Blue Pill’ and just go on living in an illusion and believing whatever they are told to believe, regardless of the actual facts–which may soon impact their lives in a very harsh way.
Nevertheless, buying the perception of ‘popularity’ in bulk, which can then be used to infer or represent ’credibility’ in order to influence an audience–instead of earning the trust and respect of an audience–is just wrong.
And it seems that Mrs. Hillary Clinton, who is asking Americans to potentially trust her as POTUS, has 2 million fake Twitter followers! This, after a host of other misrepresentations by Grandma Clinton, paints a picture of someone who is an uber-phony and who will not hesitate to stoop to any low in order to satisfy her need for power and money. After the thrashing that America has sustained under Obama, can we survive yet another Liar in Chief?
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