Infowars/Alex Jones using Scare Tactics.. Hypocrites?

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here's my big concern with the infowars stuff.. i hate to just say infowars
as if i'm calling out alex jones or his network in particular; i am not, and,
in addition, i do have a good deal of respect for Mr. Jones even if i don't
necessarily agree with everything he says..

so, obviously a huge part of the agenda of the, shall we say, activists in
this situation/scenario (i don't want to say 'conspiracy theorists' or use
anything that could hold negative connotations) is to inform the
general population of what's going on behind closed doors and - in a
frightening number of cases - right out in the open regarding our gov't
and their intrusion into innocent civilians' privacy. they also want to point
out that the current and past white house administrations have used a
great deal of fear tactics to get people to go along with their otherwise
obscenely intrusive and unnecessary plans of action (the patriot act).

so, now i will get to the concern i have: we are against this type of fear-
mongering, or instigation, in order to acheive a political (or any other)
agenda. it's morally reprehensable and absolutely wrong. however, a good
deal of the information out there regarding what the US gov't is doing,
spying on its own citizens, gathering terabytes upon terabytes of
information which is given to them freely and willingly by ISPs and web
sites such as Google, Paypal, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo..
here's a perfect example of how i am directly affected by this: i just
recently finally decided to upgrade my cell phone to a phone that actually
does more than just make/receive calls and text (as well as take an
occasional picture). it's an android phone. well, in order to add contacts to
my phone (seriously, just to be able to save a telephone number), i have
to create or log in to a gmail/google/google+ account. then that account
saves all of my contact information, and a hell of a lot of other stuff that i
can't stop it from collecting and archiving. if this is how someone WANTS
to use their phone, then wonderful, that's fine with me; but i don't want
to have to be required to put all of my contacts into an online database
which is very obviously vulnerable to hacker attacks as it HAS BEEN HACKED

here's the thing: i'm not concerned about hackers. i'm not concerned about
terrorists. i'm not concerned about 'sleeper cells,' or muslims, or people
who hold different political or religious ideologies from my own.. i'm
afraid that one day in the not too distant future, our government will start
putting into action a blanket "guilty until proven innocent" system where
everyone is a "target," not a citizen with rights. that is literally how we as
people are defined by surveillance drones or other comm devices. it's scary,
but, in appealing to others who maybe don't know that all of this is going on,
we must be extremely careful not to employ the same fear-mongering
tactics that our counterparts rely on so heavily. we have to come at this from
a unified, optimistic, and non-aggressive stand-point. allow and encourage
access and the spread of this information, and in doing so, choose your
words wisely. many people believe that handing out pamphlets or flyers is
basically saying, "hey, will you throw this away for me?" but if it has the
right message on it, an engaging picture, or even just if it is delivered to the
recipient with sincerity and a smile, enough people will read, will seek,
will join, and will insist on being heard.

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Comment by Michael Penn on February 24, 2014 at 9:01am

My wife's debit card has been compromised in Canada and so has one of her credit cards. The otehr credit card was compromised in New Jersey. In every case it was dealt with quickly and also resolved. In Canada some person had bought $67 worth of gasoline on her card, and I explained to her exactly how this could be done. Most of us buy things on line, but my wife is vulnerable because she uses her cards excessively.

Comment by Luara on February 24, 2014 at 8:45am

I also do not pay bills online.

My credit card no. has repeatedly been stolen, perhaps because I buy things online. That's more an annoyance than anything else, but it does show that it's fairly easy for thieves to steal supposedly protected info.

Comment by Michael Penn on February 24, 2014 at 8:15am

I'm leery of cloud storage and even online banking, and I have neither. I also do not pay bills online. My computer can be hacked just like anyone else's, but I do watch and listen to many things on cloud storage because it is an ability that I have. Accepting it all joyfully is not something that I do. I'm simply "aware" and I know our current direction could become extremely frightful. Usually I'm flowing along the stream here undetected, or so I think. What I can do on the Internet is limited but amazing, and as I write this there is no law against it. I can literally do what I want to do with limited risk.

Comment by Luara on February 23, 2014 at 4:49pm

I like your observation about storing info "in the cloud" possibly having bad effects.  Those kinds of observations are believable and important to talk about, when they aren't overextended into conspiratorial thinking. 

We do need to be aware of privacy.  When I had to get a new laptop recently, I didn't buy the kind that uses the "cloud" to store info.  That seemed overly connected and vaguely creepy. 

Otherwise, one can ask things like, has social criticism been medicalized away?  Do popular entertainment and drugs like Prozac serve as the "soma" in Brave New World, dulling people's perceptions? Good questions to ask that might influence how one lives. 

Comment by matthew greenberg on February 23, 2014 at 3:49pm

here's a great example of "right around the cornerism", but this guy really thinks it's right around the corner - next month!  i give him credit for being so specific.  most of these types don't like to publish a time frame.  

Comment by matthew greenberg on February 23, 2014 at 3:18pm

there's an unhealthy appetite in this country for what i call "right around the cornerism".  Alex Jones and his cohorts feed into this mindset by scaring people into believing that while nothing bad has happened to you YET, it's coming, and it's coming soon.  it's a full proof business model b/c no one can predict the future yet it's compelling to believe that someone can.  and he's so angry he must be telling the truth.  

i know many people in my personal life who are "right around the cornerers", and it's prevented them from participating in the stock market, convinced them to vote against their best interests, and miss out on dating opportunities because of their fringe views.  

so next time someone tells you that all this NSA stuff is going to turn citizens into targets ask them when this will happen.  i guarantee i know what their answer will be.  it's right around the corner.  

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