Making Sense of the Psy-Ops
A few things to keep in mind when wading through with grand world of illusions
Psychological operations (PSYOP) are operations to convey selected information and indicators to audiences in order to influence their emotions, motives, and objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of governments, organizations, groups, and individuals.
The “Psy-Ops” term used to be reserved for military circles, but the idea has become fairly popular and well known on the internet with many people using the terminology to describe mind-manipulation campaigns from a variety of media sources. Even so, it is still difficult for some to identify when a psy-op is being waged and how to navigate through the many competing narratives in our information saturated society.
This article will share some tips to keep in mind when traversing the terrain:
It can get tiring dealing with the constant barrage of fake news all over the place. I think we can learn a lot from the Stoic way of being, learning to stay detached from what’s going on outside of our control and learning and be in control of our emotions. Finding resourceful ways to release emotions of anger, sadness, and fear - whether that’s through physical exertion like exercise or a punching bag, or through mental/spiritual practices like meditation, prayer, or plant medicine - will go a long way in helping one succeed in life and not letting emotions get the best of us.
And sometimes we’re just not going to be able to know the full truth about a situation, and we may never know - our egos don’t like that. Instead of focusing on “what is the truth?”, it may be more helpful in focusing on “what are the lies?”, because while the full truth may be unknowable, one can at least defend themselves from being manipulated by the false narratives. Set yourself free with the obsession of knowing the truth, needing to know the truth, and being emotionally attached to outcomes will go a long way in keeping a calm, cool, collected state of mind in our crazy world.
Deep State Infiltration of Media, Mainstream and Alternative
Simple stats about the mainstream media that should be common knowledge: 90+% of the mainstream media is owned by a small handful of major corporations, only about 5 or 6 of them. And it’s not even a “conspiracy theory” in suggesting that the CIA and other government agencies have assets embedded within news organizations to push fabricated narratives onto the public.
What’s less known or accepted about media infiltration is the fact that the CIA/Deep State also has assets embedded within the “truth community” on social media to promote false and fake narratives as well, or they leverage “useful idiot” influencers to promote disinfo conspiracy rhetoric with an agenda unbeknownst to said influencer.
There are a variety of techniques used to amplify the fake truthers and undermine the real truth tellers, from using botfarms to promote content, paid shills to attack real truthers in comment sections, and using influencer networks to promote clickbait, among other tactics. With so many people moving off of the mainstream media and choosing alternative outlets and social media for their research, it’s imperative we stay mindful and aware of the reality that the intel community infiltrates alt. media just as much as they do the mainstream media.
Know The Messenger
The phrase “message over messenger” gets thrown around a lot, and while in some contexts the message is more important than the messenger, I think for the most part they are equally important. The reason being is because if the message sounds good, but the messenger has an ulterior motive that is not apparent, you may not know that they are trying to manipulate people with their messages.
There is a responsibility we have in sharing reputable, credible, and honest people and content with our friends, family, and audiences. Instead of latching onto a personality because they said one or two things that you liked hearing, give it some time to really examine who they are, what they say, and how they operate before making a judgement on their value and going gung ho promoting them.
Along the lines of getting to know your messenger, working to analyze their motive will help in assessing how reliable they and their information is. Is it fairly obvious that an influencer is putting themselves out on the internet for money and fame? Then their information and discernment practices are not going to be very reliable. There are many folks like this out there. Are they truly interested in making a positive difference and educating people with truthful information, and making money is a secondary priority for them? This will be apparent with how credible their information is and how they conduct themselves online. You will see less shameless self-promotion from these types. Finding the true motive of an individual (which might be a little more difficult than it appears) will go a long way in letting you know how credible their information will be.
Everyone Has A Bias
Everyone you read and watch is going to have a bias. I am not stating that in a derogatory way, but a simple fact of the matter. Being that we’re all human, we are going to have different lenses that we view the world with and this will impact how we portray our subjective realities to others.
The goal is to assess what kind of bias you’re dealing with, and gauge the information with that in mind. For instance, I know reading something from CNN, NBC, or the New York Times is going to have a particular bias, so if I’m trying to gather information from sources like these I need to know what I’m working with. If I’m reading from the Epoch Times or Gateway Pundit, I know these outlets are going to have their own unique biases, so I keep this in mind when reading these outlets and sharing them to others.
Biases aren’t necessarily a good or bad thing, just something to be mindful of when wading through the narratives out there.
Due Diligence, Always
Something easier said than done for many.
Due diligence must always be practiced when researching, whether from mainstream or alternative media sources. Some outlets and influencers will knowingly be trying to manipulate you with disinformation, others may not be trying to lead you astray but may be unknowingly sharing misinformation - and in this grand world of illusion, we have all likely unknowingly promoted misinformation at some point or another.
This being said, due diligence in vetting and verifying claims is crucial. Know your logical fallacies and how to apply them. Be mindful of your emotions and desires when verifying claims. Understand that discernment is a learned practice, it takes time, effort, and experience to hone better discernment - something we should all be striving and working for, in my opinion.
I recorded a video and uploaded it to Rumble a few days ago reiterating many of these points in verbal form, I will link it down below.
Watch it here »» Making Sense of the Psy-Ops
Keep on fighting the information war and Destroying those Illusions.
Illusions in your own mind are just as important to destroy than in other people’s minds!
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