Social media is an amazing thing. It can elevate individuals and ideas to limitless heights or it can topple empires and reputations with but a few keystrokes.
People today are infatuated with it’s power, it’s potential to change the world and its viewpoints instantaneously with a click of a button. This newfound power has dazzled the masses and brought about information proliferation on a level few dared dream of only decades ago. But such potent media is only as good as the person who uses it, or, as is more common nowadays, misuses it. False memes are simply everywhere today, conjuring misinformation with shocking speed.
This sort of social experiment, with all its negative repercussions, however, is by no means new. A similar social media explosion happened only a few hundred years ago, and, in many ways, is similar to the information revolution the world is currently witnessing.
The Gutenberg press, an invention that allowed for mass production of leaflets, pamphlets and books, reproduced knowledge at a hertofore unimaginable rate. And coinciding almost exactly with the inception of the world’s first printing press, ironically, was one of the first media-spawned social crazes, The Witch Trials.
Only shortly after the printing press was created, a Catholic Clergyman named Heinrich Kramer created a publication so heinous that it is still remembered to this day as one of the ghastliest examples of sadistic propaganda ever written. The book was responsible for the tortures, rapes and murders of countless victims; it helped bring about chaos that endured for hundreds of years, spanning several countries, empires and continents. It was called the Malleus Maleficarum – “The Hammer of Witches”
‘Social media is only as good (or as bad) as the person publishing it…’
Kramer, an educated Clergyman, saw the immense possibility in the new-found power of print, and was quick to use it to his advantage. The Malleus Maleficarum, it is said, was one of the most widely-distributed books of it’s time.
With forged endorsements and false signatures of well-known celebrities of the time (such as that of the fabled Dominican priest James Sprenger or the fake papal bull attributed to Pope Innocent VIII), Kramer was ready to wage his misogyny-fueled war against women, which, scholars now believe, was his true motivation. The fake endorsements of his book encouraged universal acceptance and helped bring about a hysterical mass psychosis. The acceptance of his ideology led the way to one of the most brutal tragedies in human history.
Ordinary citizens were swept into an enormous crusade, motivated by authorities on the subject like Kramer and the Inquisitors. They were spurred on by their duty as the ‘Common People’ to seek out and punish the ‘wicked’. Each armed with their book of lies and blissfully unaware, people took to the streets and did the unthinkable. Why? Because they thought what they were doing was the pursuit of truth.
Such is the power of the morally bankrupt when a powerful media tool is used for the purpose of dispensing misinformation.
There is a difference between the proliferation of knowledge and the proliferation of biased, unverified misinformation. It seems that when the Common People are given the choice between sharing either ‘dull’ factual truth or a concocted brand of hearsay and half-truths, time and time again, the masses most often opt for the proliferation of the outrageous lies . The sensational is always most attractive to users of social media.
And today is no different.
The internet is replete with home-made statistics and dubious “facts”. Proliferated by closet leftists from the comfort of their home-computer desk chairs, the enormity of the lies being spun would make Heinrich Kramer proud. Spurious, photoshopped photographs depicting ‘real’ situations titled with bright bold impact writing would make Joseph Goebbels and his Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda beam.
The ‘home-made’ propaganda we see being created today is so slick, so attractive and so easily proliferated that it infiltrates every spectrum of the internet. Anyone with a membership to a social media site is sure to be bombarded by statistical lies, misinformation and outrageous opinions – all claiming to be true. Sadly, most people do not take the time to confirm the information they encounter and then proceed to parrot it forward; rarely do people search for confirmation of facts or citations.
Such is the mentality of the modern day witch hunters. They are on their own crusade, encouraged by the likes of Mulcair and Trudeau, spurred on by their duty as the ‘Common People’ to seek out and punish the ‘wicked’. Armed with their fabricated internet postings, their tweets and doctored photos, the blissfully unaware hysterically take to the streets.
Because they think what they are doing is ‘right’, that what they are doing is the pursuit of truth. This may have been reasonable behavior for people living in the 1480’s, but people today have no excuse. In 2014 the majority are well-educated and have vast information retrieval resources right at their fingertips. The average Canadian can verify facts and information online in seconds. But that would be boring and tedious, wouldn’t it?
Common sense has no place in the sensationalist mob mentality. We need to act, and now! It’s just so easy to spread a funny photoshopped picture over numerous forums. It’s easy to believe and repeat that “Germany runs on 90% Wind and Solar Power”, and that Harper could learn a thing or two from Germany because he’s a closed-minded racist barbarian who eats babies. Regardless of the fact that, in reality, the production of energy in Germany is predominantly fossil fuel, nuclear power and biomass dependent. In fact, Solar power in Germany only equates to around 3% of the entire electricity generated in the country. But don’t tell the keyboard ‘activists’ …They’ll brand you a Harper-loving, closed-minded, gun-toting racist and fabricate a photo of you sodomizing a Shetland pony.
While Conservative leaders pride themselves in posting their positive achievements, as seen in Harper’s Year End Review, providing facts and statistics illustrating the Canadian Government’s constructive influence and exemplary achievements, much of the internet tends not to accurately reflect these triumphs. These modest posts will often receive a few hundred to a thousand or so ‘likes’ and ‘shares’. Meanwhile, fraudulent home-made propaganda addressing everything from Harper’s personal eccentricities to his mishandling of Aboriginal finances, his destructive environmental policies, and his Guinness-swilling in Ireland will receive massive web traffic. Websites such as ‘ShitHarperDid.com’, with almost no real content or foundation in reality, receives tens of thousands of ‘Likes’, ‘Shares’ and ‘Posts’ daily.
It’s the Malleus Maleficarum all over again – the witch hunt is on.
Stemming from past anti-Bush and anti-Romney sentiment in the US, it is now popular to hate Conservatives worldwide – regardless of whether anyone truly understands the policies or not. This cosmopolitan fad of ‘I Hate Harper more than you do’ is founded on nothing more than a tissue falsehoods, lies and myths.
A post regarding Harper’s ability to maintain Canada’s economy in this time of global economic decline will always be overshadowed in popularity by articles regarding ‘Harper’s Barbarism’. The citations (when referred to at all) are always from private sites or anti-Conservative ‘news’ agencies such as the CBC (the red-clad lapdog of the Liberal Party).
Harper’s Canada is one of the strongest we have seen in decades. With the rise of Trudeau “Jr.”, we have seen Stephen Harper’s popularity plummet, based not on anything tangible, but rather because of internet character defamation and vacuous social network heckling.
Most Conservatives shrug it off, disregard it and consider it to be no big deal. But it is… a VERY big deal. These thousands of ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ accumulating on web posts denigrating Harper are voters… or potentially future voters. Voters who have been saturated with this propaganda since they were first able to click a mouse and are now joining in their own social network-inspired ‘crusade against the wicked’.
The Right has very good reason to be worried. It’s about time they caught up with the modern age.
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