Every time there is another terrorist attack the narrative almost immediately shifts to blaming freedom of information on the internet. Please note next time this narrative is introduced across a broad range media in the wake of another horrible event. All this in an attempt to justify current and future surveillance programs.
The internet is to blame. All talking heads on television agree. It is easy for a person to become radicalized by going to any number of sites on the internet that magically turns them into a terrorist or extremist. A couch potato is transformed. That damn internet again. Guess the government is going to have crack down more and thank God we are all being monitored already. Even though it didn’t stop the current crisis from happening. Never mind that ISIS continues to have several websites and Twitter accounts that never seem to get shut down. You see, in an open society, where we have so many freedoms its easy for terrorists to attack. Those damn freedoms again. You need to give up some more rights. It’s your fault, not the governments who let terrorists in or many cases funded and directed them.
This is a needed lie. The US government’s own top psychological warfare experts say it is not true. The research clearly states in Neurobiological & Cognitive Science Insights on Radicalization and Mobilization to Violence: A Review. Radicalization comes from many different factors. This Strategic Multilayer Assessment (SMA) report was prepared for the US Joint Chiefs of Staff in 2012.
Social media and other forms of modern communication “do not by themselves radicalize anyone. Rather they are the channels that enable preconcieved attitudes to solidify” (Everington, 2011, p. 85) Page 35 SMA
The internet by itself cannot turn someone into a radical or terrorist rather it serves as an echo chamber reinforcing beliefs already held.
While social media, such as Facebook, chat rooms, Twitter, etc., does not cause radicalization, it serves as a forum to facilitate the spread of radicalizing and evocative messages. Dramatic events, when reported through social media, have the potential to transform ideas into realities in ways that inflame the passions of a targeted audience. This new form of media has the potential to act as an “echo chamber” for an individual’s radical ideology and actually reinforce and further radicalize the individual. Page 8 SMA
Narratives propagated can influence the target audience to induce secondary traumatization. For further research and an explanation of this process based on the same document read Manufactured Hate: The Latest Research.
Perhaps this is the reason why websites that espouse actual violence are not taken down. They are hubs where those already on the road to radicalization can be further indoctrinated by approved boogeymen. All manner of internet sites are being censored, harassed and shut down because of PizzaGate. Yet known terrorist groups can still operate websites against the greatest cyber power in the world. Come on.
Oh, I see. We don’t want secondary traumatization of a target audience over what is clearly heinous crimes committed by the elite when it’s based on real evidence. No, only narratives that serve the current agenda will be tolerated.