SOCIAL MEDIA MASSACRE
RIGHT BETWEEN THE IDES
MONOLOGUE WRITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS
By now most everyone is aware that there was a bone-chilling massacre that was carried out in Christchurch New Zealand.
The gunman who killed 49 people at two New Zealand mosques live-streamed the attacks on Facebook for 17 minutes using an app designed for extreme sports enthusiasts, with copies still being shared on social media hours later.
The live footage of the attacks, which is now being called New Zealand’s worst-ever mass shooting, was first posted to Facebook and has since been shared on Twitter, Alphabet Inc’s YouTube and Facebook-owned, Whatsapp and Instagram.
Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube all said they had taken steps to remove copies of the videos. Facebook said it had deleted the gunman’s accounts “shortly after the livestream commenced” after being alerted by police.
But Reuters found videos of the shooting on all five platforms up to 10 hours after the attacks, which began at 1:45 local time in the city of Christchurch. Twitter and Google said they were working to stop the footage being re-shared.
Coincidentally, Facebook and Instagram suffered a worldwide outage the day before leaving social media addicts having withdrawal pangs.
I say it is coincidental because the social media audience was hungry to get back online and so when the social platform was restored there was a huge audience available to witness the murders of nearly 50 people on Facebook and Instagram.
This can essentially be called a “Social Media Massacre” and leaves a lot to the imagination as to why Facebook suffered their shutdown when it has always been a constant for internet users.
Facebook finally released its assessment of what was responsible for the massive outage of its Instagram, Messenger, and core Facebook service. The company said that a server configuration change was to blame.
The Facebook outage was the largest ever recorded by the Service Down detector. Then with a captive audience, the massacre in New Zealand was streamed on their social platform for a captive audience.
This activity is ripe for speculation as to whether or not this was a convenient psy-op on the internet to instill fear and anger all over the world.
Many weeks ago, I said with certainty that beginning March the 15th until May first we would be seeing the most horrific moments of the year. Much of what I said was simply part of how history never fails as an oracle.
I presented the fact that throughout history, the month of March has always been the time when war campaigns and saber rattling happens between countries and usually like in the Shakespearean play Julius Caesar, we should take the advice of the old soothsayer and “Beware the Ides of March.
Julius Caesar was assassinated by his own senators on March 14th 44 B.C, at a meeting in a hall next to Pompey’s Theatre. The conspiracy against Caesar encompassed as many as sixty noblemen, including Caesar’s own protégé, Marcus Brutus. Caesar should have been well aware that many of the senators hated him, but he dismissed his security force not long before his assassination.
Throughout the centuries this moment in time has been used by political scientists as an example of perfect political theater. It was political theatre that was traumatic enough to change the course of Rome.
Although every month had an Ides in the middle, the date chosen by Caesar’s murderers was nevertheless significant. Traditionally, the Roman year started on the 1st of March, meaning the Ides was the first full moon of the year.
In ancient times any sacrifice during a full moon was considered an atonement rite to eliminate mistakes and to turn the tides in order to change the minds of the magistrates, kings, rulers and political glitterati.
It was literally terrorism for a political goal.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated to the press that the mosque massacre can only be described as a “terrorist attack.”
While the attack surely was a vehicle of terror it also was an attempt to trigger civil war all over the world.
At first, we heard that this crime was committed by three men and one woman, the focus is on one lone gunman named Brenton Tarrant. He posted pictures of the murder weapons on Twitter two days before the rampage. The weapons were clearly visible in the video of the spree he live streamed to Facebook.
Shortly after the spree ended, New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush confirmed that several improvised explosive devices had been disarmed by authorities as well.
Immediately before carrying out his spree, Tarrant posted links to a manifesto on Twitter.
The manifesto says a lot about the suspect and how he can use “internet dog whistles” that the media can lap up in order to spread a viral psy-op.
He called his manifesto “The Great Replacement.”
In “The Great Replacement” repeats a variety of “white genocide” talking points, and claims his murder of several dozen Muslims is because they are “invaders” outbreeding the white race. All the evidence we have suggests these are, more or less, the shooter’s beliefs.
But this manifesto appears to be a trap that has been set for journalists searching for the meaning behind this horrific crime. It is shark bait and the killer knew that when there is blood there will be sharks. The sharks, of course, are the mainstream media who will focus on the names he references throughout his manifesto and in essence, will run with his references and use them to spread his viral psy-op.
In his manifesto, we can most definitely dig out clues to the shooter’s radicalization, but it is buried beneath a great deal of what can be seen as trolling and copypasta.
There is another term for it on the internet and that is called “shitposting.” Of course, I cannot use this term on the air but many who frequent Redditt are aware of what I am speaking about.
This is usually done on Facebook threads; basically, it is the act of throwing out huge amounts of content, most of it ironic, low-quality trolling, for the purpose of provoking an emotional reaction. It is used to derail productive discussion and distract readers. I have been known to ban people off of my Facebook forum for doing it.
“The Great Replacement” is a clear and brutally obvious example of a viral trolling operation to anger and divide people but most of all, to trigger the media to dole out blame.
And the media has obliged, just like he obviously planned. He is actually orchestrating the oldest form of political theater in the book and to make a point he guns down nearly 50 Muslims just to see where people stand to see if we hate our scapegoats enough to share in his neo-nazi philosophies.
In his manifesto, Brenton credits far-right personality Candace Owens with beginning his radicalization. He states that “Each time she spoke I was stunned by her insights and her own views helped push me further and further into the belief of violence over meekness. Though I will have to disavow some of her beliefs, the extreme actions she calls for are too much, even for my tastes.”
Owens is a black woman, which of course is his sick sense of irony.
This detail was picked up instantly by many people online. Owens herself issued a response that seemed almost calculated to generate rage from those on the left–as at the end of her response she typed LOL.
After the media focused on her laughing, she immediately apologized.
But in the context of the shooter’s online presence, and the rest of his manifesto, this was almost certainly misdirection. The suspect then wrote immediately below the section crediting Owens for his radicalization. In it, he jokes that “Spyro the Dragon 3”, a video game, taught him “ethno-nationalism”. He also said that Fortnite trained him to be a killer and to floss on the corpses of his enemies.
Notice that he says this to raise the suspicions of those who have said that video games radicalize people into committing acts of violence—plenty of fodder to run with if it peaks your normalcy bias or the normalcy boas of parents that detest their kids playing Fortnite.
It is possible, even likely that the author was a fan of Owens’s videos: she certainly espouses anti-immigrant rhetoric. But in context seems likely that his references to Owens were calculated to spark division, and perhaps even violence, between the left and the right.
At multiple points in the manifesto, the author expresses the hope that his massacre will spark further attempts at gun control in the United States, which he believes will lead to gun confiscation and a civil war. He believes this civil war would be the best opportunity to destroy the American “melting pot”. This idea is repeated often enough that it seems to be something the author legitimately believes in.
The entire manifesto is dotted, liberally, with references to memes and Internet in-jokes that only the internet savvy would understand.
Now there are some things the author truly believes, and those things are not hidden- although they are less obvious than his statements about Candace Owens. For one thing, the shooter repeatedly references Oswald Mosley. Mosley was the founder of the British Union of Fascists, a political party in the 1930s that sought to return England to a state of “autarchy”, or complete financial and cultural independence from the rest of the world. The author’s violent anti-immigrant rhetoric jibes completely with this.
The words painted on the shooter’s rifle offer further clues as to his ideology: The 14s, which are repainted in several locations on his weapons, are a reference to the “fourteen words” written by jailed neo-Nazi bank robber David Lane: “We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.” Lane was a member of a neo-Nazi terrorist group named The Order, which was inspired by a group of the same name in a White Nationalist fiction book titled The Turner Diaries. In The Turner Diaries, The Order succeeds in sparking a vicious sectarian civil war in the United States through a series of deadly terrorist attacks. This gels with the author’s repeated references to sparking internecine conflict in the United States.
The author does not claim membership to any specific far-right group, and also denies being a Neo-Nazi. Instead, he expresses a sort of allegiance- and ideological sympathy, to several other mass shooters, including Dylann Roof and Anders Breivik. He claims to have been in contact with Breivik, and that the Norwegian mass-shooter’s manifesto was his “true inspiration”.
Breivik’s manifesto has provided inspiration to a number of far-right killers and would-be killers, most recently Coast Guard Lieutenant Christopher Hasson. The author repeatedly states his hope that his spree, and his manifesto, inspires other people to kill.
It is believed that the suspect appeared on 8 pol to say the time for trolling is over and that it is time to do something that has meaning.
In addition to sewing discord and creating confusion, the Christchurch shooter’s repeated references to memes and in-jokes were him playing to this very specific crowd. The streaming video of his massacre begins with him telling viewers to “Subscribe to PewDiePie”. This is a reference to yet another fringe Internet meme online that most people do not know anything about, only that PewDiePie has the most subscribers on YouTube — he is also very controversial because there have been times where he has used racial slurs and anti-Semitic comments for shock values.
PewDiePie is not an American he is Swedish and a worldwide internet phenomenon.
Sadly, the response on 8 pol to the Christchurch suspect was celebrated by other trolls that supported his hate.
Some worried that his rhetoric would close down 8 pol.
In his manifesto he also brings up support for China, the need for Muslims to retaliate and that President Trump is a symbol for white supremacy — again, another baiting trick for the American media.
Of course, Senator Richard Blumenthal and a CNN anchor immediately blamed rhetoric from President Trump and his allies for the mass shooting in New Zealand.
After briefly saying that “of course our prayers go out to the people of New Zealand, particularly the loved ones and survivors and victims,” Blumenthal, D-Conn., wasted no time in bringing up Trump. “But words do have consequences, and we know that at the very pinnacle of power in our own country, people are talking about ‘good people on both sides,’” he said, referencing Trump’s controversial Charlottesville comments.
CNN anchor Alyson Camerota responded: “You mean the president talking about it. I mean I know it’s hard to call this out. I’ve heard this from a guest this morning; they’re having a hard time calling this out for some reason.”
Blumenthal responded by saying, I think it’s more than the president. It’s the people who enable him and who fail to stand up to him and speak out. And we’re seeing some glimmers of spine now in the United States Congress, some of my colleagues in the last three votes standing up to him and saying no to his trampling on the Constitution. But it is also more than words. The president has defied Constitutional norms and principles in declaring a national emergency.
“Words have consequences, like saying we have an ‘invasion’ on our border, and talking about people as though they were different in some fatal way. I think the public discourse from the president on down is a factor in some of these actions.”
Egging him on, Camerota said: “I mean, we don’t have to guess, actually, at this. We don’t have to connect the dots ourselves. This is what the suspects say. This guy put out, according to authorities, put out this manifesto where he connects the dots between the rhetoric that he likes to hear and his violent action.”
I am sure Brenton Tarrant is applauding this as his viral psy-op is working.
She then broadened the interview into a broader denunciation of Trump: “I’m wondering what you think the president’s quote to Breitbart, that he said. I just want to read it to you. This was from this week. He said, ‘I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump, I have the tough people.
But they don’t play it tough until they go to a certain point and then it would be very bad, very bad.’ How do you interpret that?”
Blumenthal said: “I interpret that kind of comment as a danger to the peaceful transition of power in our democracy. That’s one of the fundamental principles of our Constitution that we have that kind of peaceful transition of power and respect for the rule of law, which that kind of comment utterly betrays.
What Blumenthal is saying is that Trump is actually pointing out who would support him in a Civil War.
This is amazing – no one realizes the dangerous talk they are espousing over a lunatic killer.
George Orwell once expressed that there was no need for a Tower of Babel to confuse communication; all that is needed is a determined and guided power that has control of talking points that are merely descriptions used to foster coercion.
The strategy of the power structure and political media is to create words that provide a trap of creating a phrase or word structure that coerces people into thinking that they would be crazy not to agree or identify with.
We see this with many words or with internet trolling that sets up word traps that people fall into.
It is linguistic trickery that has plagued us and confused us into surrendering our rights and freedoms. It has also created a climate where people are willing to surrender cognitive liberty, to the possibility of thought crime or pre-crime.
This manifesto is triggering left-wing hate toward the right wing, gun advocates, and conspiracy theorists.
It has been efficient in all of its viral glory.
The answer is in plain sight. The words will be stuck on the tip or your tongue and will dangle on the frayed nerves of your logic. Proof will be demanded and even with proof you will no longer believe or trust.
In order to understand, you have to read between the lines and look between the ides in order to figure out this social media massacre.