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The Empath's Guide To Surviving Social Media

Updated: Nov 19, 2020

“All who use language should be concerned whether statements and facts agree, whether language is, in Orwell’s words, ‘largely the defence of the indefensible’ and whether language ‘is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind’.”

— William Lutz (professor of English at Rutgers University, author of Double-Speak: The Use of Language to Deceive You; 3rd Chairman of DoubleSpeak Committee)

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There’s no doubt about it - social media can be absolute ‘energy overwhelm’ for the Empath.

Social Media is so many things. It’s a living breathing organism, animated by the minds, lives thoughts and desires of all the heaving humanity around us.

It’s also a SIMulated world, a world of unreality, where people are one thing but can present themselves as another. Shown at their very best using glowing professional photo-shoot images, or at their worst, to fulfil the shifting public taste from streamlined photo-shop images to authenticity in all its sweaty, wrinkled grey-haired glory.

It’s a beast without a conscience. It’s mega-mammon with no administrator. It’s a relentless hunger as vast as a cosmic black hole.

It carries the capacity for types of torture and trauma that cannot yet be named.

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It’s a fascinating blank page on which we write our dreams, grow our companies, and showcase our brilliant stories.

And a wondrous portal to the global community. It’s the opportunity for total lies or total truth. It’s the hunting ground for inspiration. It’s an artist’s greatest dream and worst nightmare.

On social media we can shine or we can hide, we can laugh loudly and silently weep. We find old friends we’d never have found again if not for this apparent boon to humankind. It’s proven itself as a gift during natural disasters, outlining events as they unfold and sounding alarms as needed.

It’s a doorway to the hell of wars and the seeming unreality of peace.

It’s a platform for your message. It’s a business owner’s hope. It’s so many of these things and more.

But there are also many very, very deep-seated and terrifying issues and problems created by social media that incredible prophets such as George Orwell foresaw and foretold.

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Doublespeak is language that deliberately obscures, disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of words.

Doublespeak may take the form of euphemisms (e.g. ‘downsizing’ for layoffs, ‘servicing the target’ for bombing), in which case it’s primarily meant to make the truth sound more palatable.

It may also refer to intentional ambiguity in language or to actual inversions of meaning. In such cases, doublespeak disguises the nature of the truth. Doublespeak is most closely associated with political language. (Wiki)

‘What is really important in the world of doublespeak is the ability to lie, whether knowingly or unconsciously, and to get away with it; and the ability to use lies and choose and shape facts selectively, blocking out those that don’t fit an agenda or program.’

— Edward S Hermann (political economist and media analyst)

‘In our time, political speech and writing are largely the defense of the indefensible … Thus, political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness … the great enemy of clear language is insincerity. Where there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns as it were instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms …’

George Orwell

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‘This experiment suggests certain analogies between the environments created for rats by the scientists and the environments created for us humans by language and the various mass media of communication. Like the saccharine environment, an environment created or infiltrated by doublespeak provides the appearance of nourishment and the promise of survival, but the appearance is illusionary and the promise false.’

Terrence P. Moran, US National Council of Teachers of English [comparing the use of doublespeak in the mass media to laboratory experiments conducted on rats, where a batch of rats were deprived of food, before one half was fed sugar and water and the other half a saccharin solution.]

So why do I bring this up, this awful spectre of DoubleSpeak? I think you know. If you’re an Empath — you know all too well.

The social media environment is a cesspool of DoubleSpeak. Our times are as riddled with DoubleSpeak as Swiss cheese is with holes.

We all do it.

Those of us who are activists, radical and freethinkers often do it to protect ourself and our loved ones. Some do it to send an untraceable call to action.

And some do it to simply fuck with the minds of others. To put it bluntly.

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Indian Code-Talking

The term “Code talkers” refers to a group of people in the 20th century who utilized little-known languages as a means of secret communication during wartime.

‘The term is now usually associated with United States service members during the world wars who used their knowledge of Native American languages as a basis to transmit coded messages.

In particular, there were approximately 400–500 Native Americans in the United States Marine Corps whose primary job was the transmission of secret tactical messages.

Code talkers transmitted these messages over military telephone or radio communications nets using formal or informally developed codes built upon their native languages. Their service improved the speed of encryption of communications at both ends in front line operations during World War II.

The name code talkers is strongly associated with bilingual Navajo speakers specially recruited during World War II by the Marines to serve in their standard communications units in the Pacific Theater. Code talking, however, was pioneered by the Cherokee and Choctaw peoples during World War I.’ (Wiki)

Bear with me, I bring all these things to you for a reason.

If you’re in the know, you know already, you won’t need explanations. If you’re new to all this, watch this space and learn.

It’s a jigsaw puzzle of many pieces that come together to make a frighteningly un-cohesive bigger picture of the online predators and tactics used.

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Have you heard of Signifyin’? Many haven’t, and yet you’re exposed to it on a daily basis in many subtle ways. It’s a fascinating Afro-American term, and signifies a code born in the era of slavery.

‘Signifyin’ (sometimes written “signifyin(g)”) (vernacular), is a wordplay. It’s a practice in Afro-American culture involving a verbal strategy of indirection that exploits the gap between the denotative and figurative meanings of words.

A simple example would be insulting someone to show affection.

Other names for signifyin’ include: “Dropping lugs, joaning, sounding, capping, snapping, dissing, busting, bagging, janking, ranking, toasting, woofing, putting on, or cracking.”

‘Signifyin’ directs attention to the connotative, context-bound significance of words, which is accessible only to those who share the cultural values of a given speech community.

The expression comes from stories about the Signifying Monkey, a trickster figure said to have originated during slavery in the United States.(wiki)

In most of these narratives, the Monkey manages to dupe the powerful Lion by signifying.’

Do I need elaborate further on the online use of 'Signifyin?’

A great tool in times of slavery and severe danger, but also a nightmare in the hands of despots, fascists and fools, no matter the cultural background or heritage.

All the codes I am writing of have deviated from the original motive, and are being used by others with extremely different motives.

Any Empath worth their salt can smell Signifyin’ in the wrong hands at a hundred paces. And any Empath reading these words can well read between these lines.

I’m counting on that.

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Online Black Magic

There’s an absolutely undeniable correlation between the magical symbols of the magician and the virtual magical codes created by contemporary computer wizards.

We need to recognize the incredible power held within the world of data coding that mimics and effectively encapsulates the natural magic of the real and original humans.

The occulted knowledge held within symbols and codes has again, undeniably been carried over into the world of the computer wizard. Both the computer wizard and the magician of the dark arts seek to create a servant, a golem — a manufactured creature to do their bidding.

The questions I’m beginning to ask here are these: can a robotic intelligence utter — the word? Can the breath of life be inhaled by a machine and exhaled as the language of God?

Are you aware of the immensity of the usage of computer technology to attempt to program and assimilate you? Yes, it IS like the Borg. The collective vision may not be as enlightened as we think.

The true vision is much higher and comes from an utterly different perspective. I’m excited to explore these questions with you and really look into the world of technology and its metallic grip on humanity’s mind, heart, body and soul.

Just what kind of a conduit is it really? What are the subliminal messages coming through, are there covert messages within the overt? How many technical wizards are actually black magicians?

And just what is their real agenda?

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Online Gangstalking

GangStalking is simply a form of community mobbing and organised stalking combined.

Just as you have workplace mobbing, and online mobbing, which are both fully recognized as legitimate, this is the community form.

GangStalking is organized harassment at it’s best. It the targeting of an individual for revenge, jealousy, sport, or to keep them quite, etc.

It’s organised, widespread, and growing. Some describe this form of harassment as, “A psychological attack that can completely destroy a persons life, while leaving little or no evidence to incriminate the perpetrators.” Who gets targeted? The people getting targeted seem to be (single) woman, minorities, outspoken individuals, whistle-blowers, dissidents, people who have gone against large corporations, etc. Goals of this hate campaign The goal is to sensitize the target to a stimuli, isolate the target, make them destitute. The secondary goals seem to be to make the target homeless, jobless, give them a breakdown, and the primary goals seems to be to drive the target to suicide. Who GangStalks? The surprising thing is that GangStalkers can be found in every level of society. There’s no real age barrier, gender barrier, and a variety of races do participate. In almost every occupation in society you can find people who are going along with this.

Gang stalking for many is seen as a game, a sport to be played with another individuals life. Many do not understand or care that the end consequence of this game is to destroy a person. Why do they GangStalk? “It’s conceivable that the participants in the harassment don’t even know why the person has been targeted, nor would most of these individuals have any personal stake in harassing the victim.

Gang stalking is an both an addictive behaviour as well as a form of entertainment for the stalkers. There is a vicious kind of pleasure that they derive from bullying their victim. Clearly they like the feeling of being “in control”.

excerpts from Urban Dictionary interspersed with my own thoughts and experiential understanding

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Like our society’s current obsession with “reality TV”, this activity is inevitably gaining popularity as the ultimate experience of “reality” entertainment.

To the perpetrators, their targets are merely their prey, in a game that never ends.

But make no mistake, whatever the reasoning behind it, this is a vicious and calculated hate crime.

Others are blackmailed or forced into talking part in this activity. Others go along with it because they want to fit in and feel part of something that is large and powerful.

Some are part of community groups who believe they’re targeting an undesirable.

Some are part of the informant groups within cities. But basically — they’re urban terrorists.

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