Dear Malaysians, please, wise up

 |Dec 5, 2017
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OPINION

This article is published as a public service. In interest of creating an informed public opinion. 

By The Third Force

“Yes, the French knew then what Soros now knows and what psychologists long suspected, that the people of the world are a lazy bunch that refuses to check on the legitimacy of material put into print. And that is how the DAP led Malaysian opposition triggered a tsunami in 2008. Lim Kit Siang knew that Malaysians were a gullible lot, that to convince them an election was rigged, all he needed to do was publish a picture of a ballot box next to a taxi with a caption that read, “Ballots being smuggled into polling center by Pas Lah’s people.”

Back when the internet first became a thing, the world was told that a new era of information had dawned upon humanity. Researchers rejoiced the idea of having a world-wide web full of data at their fingertips and expressed relief at the speeds by which this data was made available to them. No longer were we in the dark ages, they said – at the click of a button, you could tell if former US President Richard Nixon was still alive or if the Pope had just delivered a sermon in the Vatican.

That was back in the mid-eighties.

Today, the volume of data being transmitted is exploding to such degrees, Tim Berners-Lee, the British computer scientist who brought us the world-wide web, would never have fathomed the idea of search engine providers processing 5 – 6 billion queries per day (close to 65,000 search queries per second). Yet, we’re finding it harder and harder each day to find information that is credible or even that which is significant in value.

Why is that?

Ask any search engine or social media service provider, and the guys running them will tell you that their researchers are working hard to establish efficient protocol barriers that would enable the filtering of fake news. They’ll insist that the development of these filters – particularly those that are 100 percent foolproof – takes an enormous amount of time and effort to get right. But these guys are processing close to two trillion queries per year. Isn’t that enough data to generate prediction tools or filters to weed out fake news?

Still don’t get it?

Let us suppose that 10,000 Malaysians wake up in the morning and key in the words Mahathir-forex-RCI in any given search engine. Let us further suppose that the search engine returns 300,000 search results that include articles, videos, pictures, news commentaries and what have you. That’s 300,000 links to trillions upon trillions of information bits – which, in computer terminology, is recorded and referred to as ‘data bits’ – that include audience comments, feedback, the number of clicks and so on, all repeated 10,000 times. Tell me, do you not think that it’s enough information for service providers to develop effective filtering tools?

By the end of each day, each service provider should be able to tell you which piece of information is reliable, or at the very least, rate the credibility of each article or search link. For instance, given that the RCI issue has been dragging for some months now, any search engine should be able to tell you if a particular piece of information regarding the forex scandal is legitimate or otherwise. So, if I were to write an article saying “the RCI discovered that RM31.5 billion was dissipated into thin air though speculative trade in the forex market,” every search engine out there should immediately tag that article as “100% accurate.”

But why aren’t the service providers doing it?

For the same reason that the French – who incidentally, invented media propaganda back in the late 1800s – found it difficult to block the dissemination of fake news to its people. In 1894, a French army captain named Alfred Dreyfus was accused by the French opposition of conspiring with the Germans to sell them top secret military documents. Members of the opposition then went on to exploit media and used the Dreyfus affair – as the alleged scandal came to be known – to plunge the country into crisis. Four years later, the French government was able to get its hand on some damning documents that proved the opposition lied.

In the years after, the Government of France (GoF) began to keep a tight lid on media as it realised the damaging consequences fake news had on its popularity. But as the years progressed, its leaders saw that no matter what they did, die hard critics remained disbelievers, that there were a significant number of people who seemed dead sure that Dreyfus was wrongly discharged by government. The GoF began to see that the more it kept the media bottled, the greater was the resistance to its administration.

It is for this reason, above all, that the GoF began to advocate absolute freedom of the press. But in doing so, it secretly engaged the services of propagandists who began churning out exaggerated truths to confuse haters. Every time the opposition falsely accused the GoF of something, the mainstream media took advantage by explaining to voters what the opposition was up to. But nine out of ten times, the explanations were fused with propaganda to imply stuff the opposition did not actually do.

The strategy worked like a charm.

A variant of that strategy has since been extended to the world media collective through the internet. Today, there are extremely powerful people who are in control of that collective and are engaging the services of ‘media hitmen’ to slant your worldview to their favour. And we’re talking the likes of George Soros , who himself expends millions upon millions of dollars yearly to disseminate propaganda items packaged as the real dope.

That is to say, if Soros does not prefer Dato’ Seri Najib Razak to be in power, he would spend truckloads of the ‘good stuff’ to flood the world wide web with propaganda articles skewed against the Malaysian premier. Likewise, if Hillary Clinton does not want Donald J. Trump to remain president, she would spend millions to bribe the likes of James Comey and Robert Mueller to come up with conspiracy theories which the media would then publish as truths.

So you see, fake news is here to stay not because you have nutjobs believing the world is flat or those who are sure Elvis is alive. It is here to stay because the global elites learnt from the French the art of using disinformation as a propaganda tool to taint the human conscience. The French learnt as far back as the late 1800s that the ink of perception was indelible, that once imprinted on your conscience, it was there to stay.

Yes, the French knew then what Soros now knows and what psychologists long suspected, that the people of the world are a lazy bunch that refuses to check on the legitimacy of material put into print. If search engine providers were to help this lazy bunch by developing accurate filtering protocols, people like Soros would not be able to manipulate your minds to turn you against leaders he does not like.

And it is the absence of such protocols that allowed the DAP-led Malaysian opposition to trigger a tsunami in 2008. Lim Kit Siang knew that Malaysians were a gullible lot, that to convince them an election was rigged, all he needed to do was publish a picture of a ballot box next to a taxi with a caption that read, “Ballots being smuggled into polling center by Pas Lah’s people.”

Please, Malaysians, wise up. It’s come to that point in human evolution that you guys need to become thinkers, not followers. – The Third Force

 

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