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We're heading into the most highly-weaponized, information landscape in political history. Very sophisticated techniques/tools are now in the hands of everyday campaign operatives.
These operatives & their "ops" share a singular aim: DIVIDE & CONQUER.
Some thoughts.../1
2/ There's nothing really to discuss on this topic, until voters stopped falling for dirty ops from either side of the aisle.
When nefarious actors control the narrative, the propaganda (aka dirty ops) works. And propaganda relies on triggering emotions, often painful ones.
3/ The goal is to manipulate voters onto a dirty op's bandwagon, while leaving them to cope w/the emotional fallout that the op is triggering.
A bad life experience. A loved one, who was victimized. Painful injustices. etc.
They're using your trauma - your good heart...
4/... to weaponize you into their agenda.
It's dark. And, unfortunately... it's politics as usual.
But these are not usual times.
So, I'm concerned. I have been for awhile...

So first things first. How can one prevent falling into this trap...
5/...while still being able to discuss things he/she cares most about? How do we dismantle the power of the dirty op, yet move on to confronting the issues the op is manipulating us over?
STEP ONE (& all I got for today): LISTEN to the dragons. LEARN from them.
Who are they..?
6/ In this case, they're folks who've conducted dirty info ops AND are willing to tell us on how to spot them, how they work, & why they are employed.
Good grief, folks.
Anyone engaging in dirty ops now - with the stakes we're facing in 2020, should be banished, not defended...
7/ But maybe that's just me.

Once we get it - we can spot a dirty op & call it out, SEPARATE the issue being weaponized from the op. Analyze it separate from the operatives. Make a collective decision on whether there is a real issue & move forward with solutions.
8/ I'm going to call this CONTAINMENT, & encourage us all to do it.
Dismantle the op by separating & then containing the information it's weaponizing.
Otherwise, we're just useful idiots for nefarious actors. Re-living painful sh*t, over & over, at our expense & to their profit.
10/ Trigger warning. Try CONTAINMENT.
11/ Trigger in action. Try CONTAINMENT.
12/ I like Mimi's point. She's right about Trump.
Is Biden's response enough to move on, or must there be a higher bar of accountability?
Hard to say, until the dirty op is exposed for what it is - & then CONTAINMENT can occur.
I hope we can get there...
13/ Because there's going to be a LOT more of this sh*t.
And it will accomplish only one thing:
Four more years of Trump - no matter from what side of the aisle the dirty op is launched.
Listen to the dragons. They know.
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