Specifically big tech companies and social media.
Why did CEO of Reddit say “I’m confident that Reddit could sway elections” if he didn’t truly believe it?
These companies can control narratives to far greater degrees than was ever possible just 20 years ago. The internet is a breeding ground for radicalization in every direction.
They can create “movements” and they can destroy them. They can create chaos out of nothing and instill fear when you otherwise would have never feared. They can purchase human minions and AI to astroturf and brigade and protect their interests.
Whenever you go on the internet (or consume media) you must first understand there is a war for your mind.
Internalize this and protect yourself from influence.
This is a truth that ultimately supersedes all politics.
Disclaimer: This is a guest post and it doesn’t necessarily represent the views of IWB.