Does the ontogeny of the Russian internet trolls recapitulate the phylogeny of the Bolshevik revolution?
It was recently reported by legitimate sources that when the most recent Florida shooting reached the media, Russian internet trolls set their bots to create messages on social media which pumped up the number of followers of various hashtags and addresses on both left and right (e.g., #taketheguns, #saveourguns) simply in order to get people to click on real fake news sites which these same Russian trolls created. It seems that these trolls are bent on stirring up confusion and conflict among the American electorate. And it appears that they are succeeding. Lenin said, "You cannot do anything without rousing the masses to action."
If the Russians want to rouse the massives * of this country, certainly the actions of these trolls seem well designed.
* "Massives," as in "Television is the opiate of the massives," who sit before it with a six-pack of beer and a plate of tortilla chips covered with something resembling melted linoleum, glazed eyes fixated on a modern gladiatorial game or a fake reality show or a foxprop * news channel.
* By the way, I coined the word "foxprop" for my book, "Holy Fire," and may have used it elsewhere. Here's the definition: Disparaging term for political propaganda. From the kitsune, a fox of Japanese legend—a shape shifter—and the legends of the Quechua, a fox of the Andes—a scoundrel.
Lenin also said, "People always have been the foolish victims of deception and self-deception in politics, and they always will be until they have learnt to seek out the interests of some class or other behind all moral, religious, political and social phrases, declarations and promises."
And that, IMHO, encapsulates a lot of what is wrong in our society, a flaw that the trolls are exploiting. Too many of us have no idea of what's really going on in politics and religion. Our politicians, in particular spend a great deal of time and energy hiding their real purposes. We are distracted by Twitter messages, real fake news sites, extremists on the internet (remember, there are no gatekeepers on the internet), and the modern version of "bread and circuses” (see opiate of the massives, above).
Registered Curmudgeon, scientist, skeptic, humanist, and writer.