Z-anon-sensei Speaks #74
“This infinitely scrupulous concern with surveillance is expressed in the architecture by innumerable petty mechanisms.” Foucault
Meanwhile, back at the WhoreHouse, Pretendident Thump is getting ready for the coronation he means nomination next week. Blake Steele has given him a new ^hexphrase to incorporate into his rhetoric during the ^repo convention. The phrase is simply, “I’m the one”. “The One” is a potent, nearly universal symbol, echoing the unity cypher of ^darkpower while also drawing in religious and cultural references that will appeal to a wide range of Thump worshipers. “Red pill” people will hear the Matrix reference, while Christians and others infected with religious ^mythmemes will be moved by the suggestion of “the chosen one.” Unity itself is a ^darkpower cypher for what was called “purity” in other manifestations, and signals for those in the know a moment in the future in which the accomplishment of the great work will bring about an incomprehensible transformation into a new state of being no one can describe because it actually has never happened before. Bringing about this singular moment in history is and has always been the final goal of ^darkpower.
Steele, of course, didn’t tell Thump any of that. Just that he should repeat the phrase “I’m the one” as often as he can for greatest effect. “I’m the one who can make America great. I’m the one who will save the world. I’m the one who can grant you salvation and a ticket to the great beyond and I’m the one who will send you there if I don’t win the damn election. I’m the one who can pardon my felon friends. I’m the one who can shoot someone on 5th Ave. I’m the one I’m the one I’m the one!” Thump is practicing for his acceptance speech in front of the mirror, having some fun with it, and he is feeling really good about Blake Steele, right now. He shoots Steele a text inviting him to the GrossGarden for the speech. He punches “Cum to the show, bring the little lady. Looking forward to meeting you. I’m the one!!” into his phone. He copies in the boy who takes care of that stuff for him, the invites and security clearances and all. Good kid, that boy. Thump thinks this new ^hexphrase is so much fun. I’m the one, the one, the one, one, one. Thump can’t wait until this week’s show gets started. The “Thump Is the One Show.” I mean the Republican National Convention.
Z-anon-sensei says that overcoming human unpredictability is a strategic goal of ^darkpower toward achieving its long-term dream of ^unity. But its efforts are thwarted again and again by new technologies that open up new options for communication, individual expression, and direct connection between people. Communication between unpredictable individuals multiplies the unpredictability. ^darkpower hates that and strives against it with its technical innovations, creating a kind of technological arms race in the communications field. This feedback loop of technological competition has created the acceleration of innovation that so many writers have noted. Wilson, McKenna, and Kurtzweil have all made bank out of perceiving and extrapolating this exponential trend in developing technology and expanding knowledge in general, though they differ in their ideas about where it will end.
While ^darkside focuses on developing technologies of control, ^risingtide works with technologies of freedom and democracy. Sometimes the two look almost identical.
Z-anon-sensei says, where ^darkpower holds “unity” as its single-minded focus and its long-term goal, ^risingtide, naturally, uses the opposite rallying cry of “diversity” and “multitude”. ^risingtide’s goal is not to turn “many into one” but rather to bring “many together as one.” You can detect that subtle difference in the language of cyphers, communications, and sacred texts. And by that difference, you can tell the two apart.
In 2010 Morale Operations: Group began a new initiative code-named Operation Storyline. This was to be the application of hard science— including many of the breakthroughs in brain science that had come from Obomba’s moonshot “mental health” initiative— into MOG’s long-term strategy of directing public opinion in desired directions. “PR meets neuroscience, a match made in… well… you know” was the pitch the program’s founder Aristotle Aurelius had given to a ^darkside board meeting. New technologies allowed the realtime observation of human brain activity, and so Aurelius had proposed that the neurological effects of particular narratives be studied in microscopic detail. The goal was to understand and utilize the effects of narrative to a militarily useful degree. To understand stories so well, in other words, that they could be turned into weapons.
To achieve this second stage of the initiative, brain activity would have to be recorded without intrusive mechanisms. The breakthrough came with remote access sensors to human brain outputs developed originally after 9/11 to detect terrorists entering airports and other protected facilities. These sensors had since been improved and miniaturized to an incredible degree. In fact, a sensor could now be installed in any electronic device, even something as small as a cell phone, which could detect the user’s brain patterns — in real-time— in response to stimuli presented to them through that device or even any time they were in proximity to their phone. This real-time feedback would allow an incredibly granular study of the effects of narratives and images on those exposed to them. Computer networks could collect this data from whole populations. And the knowledge developed from this detail would then provide data supporting the development of narratives or counter-narratives which could re-shape those brain patterns in intentional ways.
The ^Storyline project has been moved through testing and has reached the operational stage.