When I was younger, I used to think that all the people that claimed that violence on t.v., movies, music, etc. made on impression on us, were ridiculous.
I ardently believed that people were conscious enough to come to their own decisions and thought patterns, and ridiculed those that speculated otherwise.
Perhaps that was me jumping on the bandwagon of mocking the alleged “conspiracy theorists”. Calling them crazy and uninformed.
Well, who's laughing now?
(Well, I suppose it’s no laughing matter, but at least I’ve finally come to the realization that I was wrong.)
Before I delve in, what do you think? Are you here on this page because you believe the same thing? Or are you here because you think it’s a ridiculous concept like I once did?
If you’ve read my previous posts: How do we Find the Truth? and When News Media Lies, you already know about the levels of deception and manipulation that these “sources” have propagated to the population. (With the help of the CIA, I might add.)
So is it that much of a stretch to contemplate on this idea?
If that’s not enough of a reason, I will be addressing other points that might provide a little more insight into this kind of “mind control” programming.
Welcome to the 5th part of this series “Does Media Affect Our Thoughts” – “Data-Mining our Information”.
It’s no surprise anymore that the tech giants collect our information and data-mine us, basically, for everything we look at. From watching videos on youtube, clicking on links, looking up items we’re hoping to buy at some point… technically (no pun intended), we are no more than a walking, talking billboard.
As soon as we hop on the internet, we might as well be wearing a huge neon sign saying, “Hey, bots! I like cookies! (No, not the data tracking cookies. I mean real, sugary, tasty, ooey gooey melty chocolaty cookies.) And I like ponies! And I like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain. I’m not too fond of yoga, and I have at least half a brain.”
From this data, lo and behold, we are inundated with ads and videos and articles covering anything from “How to make your own pina coladas.” to “Travel to Varadero, Cuba and enjoy horseback riding, beautiful rainbows caused by the calm, soothing light rainfalls of our afternoon showers, and then settle for the evening with our delicious, creamy, decadent pina coladas and warm, chocolatey, melt-in-your mouth desserts!”
Is this necessarily a bad thing? No, probably not. The problem lies with selling our information to the highest bidder in order to try and milk us for all we’re worth. And also, as you’ve probably seen with the other articles in this series, how to twist and manipulate us into thinking a certain way.
“The Social Dilemma”
If you’ve seen “The Social Dilemma”, you would’ve seen segments of “bots” (depicted as meddling humans) trying their hardest to keep a person online and constantly keeping them looking at their phone or laptop or whatever. While it has been exaggerated, it’s not far from the truth.
The participants of this documentary recognize that the very tech they have created has made the average “user” a slave to the screen. Indeed, we are merely a product of the system. By mining our information, they sell that to other companies who in turn try and tune their ads to what they feel we want or “need”. Not for our benefit, of course, but their own.
The scariest part of this?
It bleeds into other devices, not even necessarily your own, to keep feeding these ads and information to you and those around you. Perhaps it does it by using the same wi-fi, as I can personally attest from my own experience.
While looking up a particular laptop I wanted, I was scrolling through Amazon, other reviews, the company site itself, basically looking up any information I could find on it. It was a very specific brand I was looking up.
Well, as I was talking about it and looking it up, behold, my sister’s phone suddenly popped up with an ad for the very same, exact laptop.
She was not looking into laptops. So why, all of a sudden, would her phone show an ad for the very same laptop that I was looking at? Literally at the very same time?
Very creepy, and bizarre.
Another strange, even scarier experience?
I was simply thinking of a fast food place, not even a very often visited one, and suddenly an ad for it popped up on my phone.
I wish I could say I was joking, or mistaken, but sadly, I am not.
I also had another one where I was looking up youtube videos on my phone, and sure enough, my son’s tablet comes up with “recommendations” of videos that I just watched. (Thankfully I don’t watch anything too bizarre…)
Does youtube recommend videos watched by people on the same wifi as you? – Reddit user who experienced the same thing.
Have you ever had any strange, unusual experiences with the same issues? Or a different interesting story altogether? Please share in the comments section.
Conspiracy Theory Time
Did you know that scientists are actively trying to find ways to visualize our thoughts?
Yep, it’s true. And who knows how long it’s been going on for:
- Scientists Have Invented a Mind-Reading Machine That Visualizes Your Thoughts (kind of)
- A New Study Brings Scientists One Step Closer to Mind Reading
- Mind-reading Tech is Here (and it’s more useful than you think!)
One highlight from the last article that jumped out at me was this lovely tidbit:
Even Facebook has a mind-reading project in the works. The social networking company’s secretive Building 8 division is working on a way for users to send Facebook Messenger messages using thoughts alone.
One example is to turn down the volume of music based on the mental activity of being irritated by loud noise. It could be used for any number of Microsoft-related products, from enhancing the accuracy of a mouse to enabling next-level applications in the company’s HoloLens mixed-reality system.
It’s funny that they mention the Microsoft/HoloLens project, because that’s the first thing I want, a satanist group probing deep into my mind and “data-mining” my thoughts. Sounds fantastic. (Do I have to put “#sarcasm”? Or are people going to automatically know I’m being sarcastic? Well, just in case:) #sarcasm.
So yeah… apparently this article isn’t just about data-mining our information from media use, but it’s also a speculation into the possibility that the tech giants are trying to data-mine our thoughts as well. Sound sci-fi? Well, check out the sites for yourself and see what you think.
And do I have to mention Alexa, Siri, Cortana… etc., etc.? Those lovely A.I. companians that can help us with our daily tasks? (Always listening. Always watching. Always collecting data.) Don’t worry. I mention them in part 6.
What's the Purpose?
I think one of the first things people think about when we say “data-mine” or “data collection”, is Edward Snowden. He is one of the most infamous whistleblowers into blowing the lid off of government agencies spying and surveilling people’s information. And in light of the covid era, provides some other warnings as well:
But it’s not just about data-mining and collecting our information, or even selling it to the highest bidder for advertisement purposes. The real danger lies in what all of this data-collection builds up to.
It has been proposed that the collection and mining of our information could also be used to I.D. those that have specific point of views – for example, those that are extremely patriotic, or those that support a certain religion, be it Islam, Muslim, Christianity, Judaism, etc., or those that are far-left/far-right, etc. etc.
Indeed, as it’s been happening a lot lately, there have been numerous youtube channels, twitter accounts, facebook accounts, etc. attacked for their point of view. Their accounts being deleted because of the content that they spread. Of course, most of the time it’s labeled as “false information” or “misinformation” – but according to whom? People aren’t allowed to voice their opinion or disagreements, or speculations anymore?
No, apparently not. Perhaps in addition to data-mining our habits and thoughts, it is also about data-mining the content people are ascribed to, and deleting/scrubbing the information that doesn’t fall in line with a particular agenda being pushed.
Facebook, Google/Youtube, Twitter, Censor Viral Video of Doctors’ Capitol Hill Coronavirus Press Conference – The video that these doctors presented was scrubbed from multiple different platforms for “spreading misinformation”. Thankfully, the video is shown on Bitchute, where this platform is, as of yet, uncensored with these types of different opinions/statements.
You can watch the video of the press conference here.
And yes, the government will justify all of this surveilling and spying by stating that they are targeting “terrorists” or “harmful dissidents”; but again, according to whom? “Terrorists” are one thing, but simply targeting people with a different set of opinions or outlook? …Then it’s a fine line to draw. And labeling a panel full of doctors as spreading misinformation? Now it’s just looking extremely suspicious.
And by the way, just to take a gander at just one small part of youtube’s Terms of Services, we can see this statement:
Terminations and Suspensions by YouTube for Cause
YouTube may suspend or terminate your access, your Google account, or your Google account’s access to all or part of the Service if (a) you materially or repeatedly breach this Agreement; (b) we are required to do so to comply with a legal requirement or a court order; or (c) we believe there has been conduct that creates (or could create) liability or harm to any user, other third party, YouTube or our Affiliates.
Terminations by YouTube for Service Changes
YouTube may terminate your access, or your Google account’s access to all or part of the Service if YouTube reasonably believes that its provision of the Service to you is no longer commercially viable.
And there you have it. So basically, they could terminate you for simply offending any user or for not making enough money in their view.
But then again, if all you ascribe to is which celebrity looks the best in yellow, or video game let’s plays, or how to keep your yard the greenest, then you’re probably safe. At least, safe for now.
What can I do?
Well, it could boil down to three things.
You could choose to turn a blind eye to all of your data being collected and mined, and do like you’ve always done. Maybe even being a little more cautious to the things you’re ascribed to. Walk on eggshells and not express any strong emotions on a topic one way or another. Just in case. Don’t want to upset the higher echelons, you know.
Or, you could say, “Screw it.” and do it anyway. Stand up for what you believe in, and have the integrity and courage to stand by those beliefs. “I’m an opinionated person, and I’m not going to let anyone silence me. At least as long as I can help it.”
Or, you could simply step off the platform. And not partake in any media; or at least minimize your use.
What do you think? Have you seen first hand how our data is being manipulated and/or deleted right off of a particular platform? If you have any social media, chances are you have. Have you ever had any creepy experiences with ads popping up out of nowhere after just thinking about it? Share in the comments below. I’d love to hear about them.
For part 6, I go into shills, trolls, and bots. And from part 7 and on, it takes a sharp turn into the dark side.
Fact checking is extremely important. I want to reiterate not to take everything at face value; no matter what you read, where you read it from, or who you hear it from. And to be clear, do not rely on “fact checking” websites to give you accurate information either. These are just as likely, (if not even more likely…), to feed false information and false debunking accounts to manipulate the reader. Please take everything into consideration before adhering to a certain narrative – and always keep your mind open to other possibilities.
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