Friday, August 17, 2012

Facebook the new breeding Ground for Fascism

Reading the article Characteristics Of Fascism   and studying the behavior of large groups of people from certain countries. I see a rise of fascism under the guise of nationalism by these anonymous groups running facebook pages and groups. 

Image above From a facebook page 

Facebook seems unable to contain the speed at this the platform is being gamed to fame rumors, plagiarism,sexism,hate and everything else.

Why is facebook the preferred platform ?
1) Easy to build your database by adding random people to your friend list. Then saving this database
2) Creating anonymous pages where 100,000 users can be added immediatly. Pages and groups can be gamed. It is very difficult to a user added forcefully from unliking a page. The page stream only gives the user a hide option .The user has to go to the offending page and click on the arrow on the top (no help options which tell the user how to unlike the page) .
3) There could be 20 harmless posts and hidden under then the racial post which can easily be shared across pages ,across groups , across user time lines. Making it easy to spread.

There are 100's of facebook pages and groups to back up this claim 

Most of the groups were started in January
Groups seem to be working in tandem
Groups have similar photo-shopped images.

as the fascists gain young followers through facebook . Expect more offline ethnic,religious strife. Mass exodus of people of certain regions,certain religions.Expect some of these group to come to power in the next two year .
1. Powerful and Continuing Nationalism

People are creating anonymous groups on countries air force, army,navy

This makes all the patriots join . This gives the fascists access to 100,000 members.They will post patriotic posts till the time is right to post the message of fear.

They will also befriend these members with fake profile and then this will given them access to the members personal emails . 

2. Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights

Fake images and messages to increase the hate levels to such a level where the members just want to kill the enemy .

3. Identification of Enemies/Scapegoats as a Unifying Cause

Fake images
Fake videos
News articles which are misquoted or badly reported as proof.
Links to tv clipping by tv channels who capture footage without due diligence just for revenue 
fake Profiles to show the support for the cause against the scapegoats

4. Supremacy of the Military

Make groups called army fans
Soldiers and military service are glamorized.

5. Rampant Sexism - The governments of fascist nations tend to be almost exclusively male-dominated.

Images of woman drinking
Images and comment to show woman in a bad light

7. Obsession with National Security
 Make several groups along these lines

8. Religion and Government are Intertwined - Governments in fascist nations tend to use the most common religion in the nation as a tool to manipulate public opinion.
Make many political party groups/pages where posts are a mix of religion,hate for other religions ,and patriotism

"..jingoism, racism, fear, religious fundamentalism: these are the ways of appealing to people if you’re trying to organize a mass base of support for policies that are really intended to crush them."
Understanding Power - Noam Chomsk

Jingoism is extreme nationalism marked by a belligerent foreign policy. It is patriotism rallying around aggression

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