Use emotional warfare on anti-vax blogs. Tell emotional stories full of tears and sobbing and unbearable grief and terror, about people in your own family or people you read about, who were sick with or died of terrible diseases. Don’t hold back details about bodily fluids and suchlike: the more gross the better. This stuff has a way of infiltrating the minds of readers and subtly influencing their decisions, in a manner similar to advertising.
Go in there and “agree with them” and then say things that appear thoroughly delusional, overtly nuts, blatantly and obviously wrong even to nincompoops, etc. Occasional spelling and grammar errors are also useful but don’t over-do. The point of this exercise is to create an impression that drives away undecideds who may come in to check out these sites. It helps to do this as a group effort and begin gradually, so the sites appear to be “going downhill slowly.
But it is useful to have an email address that can’t be traced back, for certain legitimate and ethical uses, just as it is useful to have a mail box at say the UPS store (The Refusers, 2012).
My Definition of the Cult of Woo...
They say they are standing on science, but when consensus changes like genetics not being the primary cause of autism, they will not address their error. Instead they bury the quality dialogue with empty inflammatory rhetoric. As early as 2009 epidemiology professor and autism scientist Irva Hertz-Picciotto said along with many others, "It's time to start looking for the environmental culprits responsible for the remarkable increase in the rate of autism..." (Cone, M., 2009). Even still, many in the "woo" calling cult deny that there is a real increase, and they keep ranting that autism is purely genetic. Meanwhile the science continues on without them.
Here Is Something About Their Integrity...
Here Is Something About Their Morals...
And they are self-described as pro-science... which make the irony in this that much deeper!
Snowden Documents Reveal Troll Propaganda
Greenwald, G. (2014). How covert agents infiltrate the internet to manipulate, deceive, and destroy reputations. The Intercept. Retrieved from https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/02/24/jtrig-manipulation/
Among the core self-identified purposes of JTRIG are two tactics: (1) to inject all sorts of false material onto the internet in order to destroy the reputation of its targets; and (2) to use social sciences and other techniques to manipulate online discourse and activism to generate outcomes it considers desirable. To see how extremist these programs are, just consider the tactics they boast of using to achieve those ends: “false flag operations” (posting material to the internet and falsely attributing it to someone else), fake victim blog posts (pretending to be a victim of the individual whose reputation they want to destroy), and posting “negative information” on various forums. Here is one illustrative list of tactics from the latest GCHQ document we’re publishing today:
Peer Review On The Troll Personality Profile...
Cyberstalking is the use of the Internet or other electronic means to stalk or harass an individual, a group, or an organization. It may include false accusations, defamation, slander and libel. It may also include monitoring, identity theft, threats, vandalism, solicitation for sex, or gathering information that may be used to threaten or harass.
Cyberstalking is often accompanied by realtime or offline stalking. Both are criminal offenses. Both are motivated by a desire to control, intimidate or influence a victim. A stalker may be an online stranger or a person whom the target knows. He may be anonymous and solicit involvement of other people online who do not even know the target.
Cyberstalking is a criminal offense under various state anti-stalking, slander and harassment laws. A conviction can result in a restraining order, probation, or criminal penalties against the assailant, including jail.
This dogmatism is easy to see in any argument on social media between a vaccine skeptic and a vaccine supporter who harbors no doubts about the safety and efficacy of the 19th Century medical procedure known as vaccines. Arguing with a True Believer is exactly like arguing with a religious fanatic. The fanatic does not want or need facts, science based or otherwise.
The stages of the Overton Window are....
An ideology becomes political when it has its own....
- They believe there is an anti-vaccine movement
- Anyone who disagrees with them is an idiot
- They blame Dr. Wakefield for everything
- They just don't get it
- They repeatedly distort or exaggerate the facts
- They pretend to be the gatekeepers of science
- They fail to acknowledge the context of the controversy
- They over-simplify the problem
- They have no hypothesis
- They have an excuse for everything
- They fail to recognize their tactics aren't working
Aleccia, J. (2014). Pro-vaccine messages actually backfire study finds. NBCnews. Retrieved from http://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/pro-vaccine-messages-actually-backfire-study-finds-n41611
In fact, among those with least favorable views of vaccines, the chance that they would vaccinate future kids fell from 70 percent to 45 percent.
- Unhealthy trolls. These people have an agenda. They are out to hurt you—or at least use you for their own ends. They want to lure you into a fight. I have had three this week. They taunt and mock you. They are unreasonable. If you engage them, they will only distract you and deplete your resources. The best thing you can do is ignore them. As someone once said, “resistance only makes them stronger.” You will never satisfy them. Just keep doing what you know you are called to do.