Controlling the narrative
| Controlling the narrative |
(mind control, statecraft)
Seeding the narrative
Quickly providing people with something to believe in is an important part of controlling the narrative, to prevent people from exercising their curiosity and potentially reaching unwanted conclusions as a result.
The use of controlled opposition, such as official opposition narrative allows for an easy way to frame the debate. As long as discussion centres on two alternatives, both of which have been pre-selected (like in the case of party politics) allows for confidence that its conclusion will not stray into unwanted areas.
|Dan Dicks||“The internet we have today is not going to be around very much longer. They need to control the narrative...
They are starting to clamp down, not on just conservative voices.It's not about those on the right, it's not about people on the left, it's about anybody who goes against the status quo.”
|Dan Dicks||June 2019|
|Event 201||“Some governments have taken control of national access to the internet. Others are censoring websites and social media content, and a small number have shut down internet access completely to prevent the spread of misinformation. Penalties have been put in place for spreading harmful falsehoods, including arrests. Other countries have taken a more moderate approach and have focused on promoting fact checking efforts and working with traditional media outlets. Yet these approaches are limited in scope. Social media companies report that they're doing all they can to limit the use of their platforms for nefarious or misleading purposes. But this is a technically difficult problem and false misleading or half true information is difficult to sort without limiting potentially true messages. The bottom line is that members of the public no longer know who to trust. Both the misinformation and the measures to control it have led to a crisis of confidence”||18 October 2019|