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Thread by @TheRynheart: "One concept that is relevant to today’s political climate is ‘Stochastic Terrorism.’ Stochastic terrorism is the use of mass communication ( […]"

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One concept that is relevant to today’s political climate is ‘Stochastic Terrorism.’

Stochastic terrorism is the use of mass communication (social media) to incite violence in random actors. It requires the public demonization of an individual or a group.
It is one of Putin’s more powerful tools, secondary to propagating false conspiracy theories (Obama, Clinton, Soros.)

Random violent crimes make some people more fearful (and more easily influenced.)

Those insane, raging tweets you see are calculated.
Trump, GOP, NRA, extreme right-wing media are all using it. Effectively. And unfortunately it’s ramping up in recent weeks, no doubt in response to November elections.

Vote. ☺️
Russia has pro-Trump trolls spamming Twitter, but they also have Dem trolls, instigating violence. Tweeting at them to ‘calm down’ is helpful (since it might just be a genuinely frustrated Dem.) Commenting reasserts the social norm.
‘My life as a pro-Putin propagandist in Russia’s secret 'troll factory'’

From 2015

telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews…
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