“Today, everything serves war. There is not one discovery which the military does not study with the aim of applying it to warfare, not one invention which they do not attempt to turn to military use.”
—Nikolai Fyodorov, “Philosophy of the Common Cause, 1891”
In a world of rapidly increasing scientific and technological innovation, much of which is conducted under the auspices of corporate and defense contracts, it is reasonable to believe that types of technologies exist which would appear to be science fiction to the average person. But in fact are quite real. Some of these technologies can affect us in ways that could make someone appear mentally disturbed. Is the fact that certain neurological or physiological conditions could be caused by some variety of exotic corporate or military technology not worth determining? Would disclosure of such technology impact the medical field or improve treatment? If such technologies were treated as “real” by the media or academia in general, what changes and protections could arise from that?
Keywords: Scientism, Synthetic Telepathy, Non-lethal weapons, Defense, Microwave hearing, voice to skull
The following are profiles of potential neighbors trying to move into your neighborhood. Take a moment and reflect on whom you would co-sign for. You must choose one. No cheating.
A.) A person moving from one block over who you suspected had stolen tomatoes from your garden and followed that up by being elected as president of the neighborhood watch association.
B.) A family whose child had falsely accused yours of theft and assault resulting in a nasty episode where you ran into the father at the park and he punched you in the face and smashed your windshield.
C.) An acquaintance you had previously met at a birthday party for a family friend where, having had too much to drink, they caused an ugly scene by using a racial epithet and mocking the religion of the host.
D.) A family from a foreign country who visibly practice a foreign religion but don’t interact with the other neighbors.
This is the latest in a series of essays concerning a concept known as History in 4D. History in 4D on one hand is an assessment of the modern information space as being overwhelmingly influenced by political, corporate and military intelligence actors who through guarded communications with the public craft a version of reality using narrative structures embedded in mass media communications. On the other hand, History in 4D is a set of heuristics for use by students, teachers, analysts and information seeking citizens as they attempt to make meaning out of the endless waves of narratives thrown at them. In total, History in 4D is a method of viewing history and current events in an effort to improve media literacy and one’s general awareness about history and how the world operates. If 2016-2018 has proven anything they have proved that the Information Age has given birth to the Age of Information Warfare and our minds are all in the crossfire.
Keywords: Media studies, Narrative history, Politics, Content Analysis, Mass media, self education, History, Journalism
“Published in 1937 by Vanguard Press. It is an argumentative analysis of wealth and class in the United States, and how they are leveraged for purposes of political and economic power, specifically by what the author contends is a “plutocratic circle” composed of a tightly interlinked group of 60 families.”
The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood is a book written in 2011 by science history author James Gleick which examines the history of information systems with a focus upon the dawn of the information age.
“One hungers for books; rereads a cherished few; begs or borrows more; waits at the library door, and perhaps, in the blink of an eye, finds oneself in a state of surfeit: too much to read” (415).
Ignorance is bliss especially if enough of those around you share the same sentiment.
People are the center of any group, activity or movement in human history. Analysis that portends human behaviors don’t manifest in ideation, policy and action will always tend to hagiography.
Being objective is a dubious goal for an analyst as objectivity is a myth. The true goal should driving towards a keener understanding of how “people” express their desires for objects, subjectively, and how that shapes our world. Trying to be objective can often lead to one not being aware of when they are the subject of the topic they are studying. Objectivity is a construct, but the question is, who’s is it? What’s objective in a ‘real’ sense since it doesn’t exist? Being objective in many ways is staying inside someone else’s predetermined lines of what’s reasonable based on a myriad of factors, sociological, cultural and even commercial.
Objectivity as a goal is similar to the economic idea that all “market participants” are “rational actors,” and therefore act within “made up” theoretical lines of analysis. Daily life deems this to not be a fact. Those who would chide you for not being “objective” tend to speak from some self determined moral, ethical, or “journalistic” high ground which they and their team decided was the foundation for objectivity.
- Question is, what was/is the object they are hoping to define or capture with their parameter of what is considered “objective” analysis?
- Question is, were you the subject of their decision?
All those terms (below) imply a ‘lack of feeling’ or personal input. I began this thread opining on “people” as the basis for any group, idea or movement. Removing the human component from analysis will either produce hero-worship or a complete miss of the target.
Science is not objective, its direction is guided. Journalism is not objective, its focus is decided. Politics are never objective, they’re based often in emotions. Laws are not objective, they are created by…people.
In the end cultivating real connections to real people offers more insight into how life works than any academic tome. This is why so much “elite” analysis fails to capture reality. They make reports on reports sitting in cubicles.
Get out in the field, whatever your field is.
Master your subject analysis to avoid becoming the object.
The influential power of narrative story telling throughout human history was a topic I touched upon in the first essay of this series. In the following installments I examined how the Nazi’s methods of mass media communications directly influenced much of what we consider ‘normal’ media relations today. That was followed by an examination of the figures in American Intelligence who spearheaded bringing that style to the American controlled theaters during WWII and throughout the Cold War.
This essay will examine an example of the means by which the e-State went about gathering the data they would use to craft images and narratives that burrowed right to the heart of human cognition. Employing a mixture of advertising, marketing, and psychological warfare techniques the powers that be have raised a Tower of Babel using fiber optics from which it broadcasts its soliloquies 24 hours a day in every direction imaginable.
“The e-State is the transnational collective consisting of powerful financiers, media companies, “mainstream” elite academia, globe spanning political networks and the military industrial complex.”
Key Words: Mass Observation, Sociology, Psychology, Edward Bernays, Ministry of Information, U.K history, US history, Public relations, Public Polling, Gallup, Cold War, WWI, WWII, Mass Media Communications, Propaganda, Narrative history, Media analysis, Social analytics