In around 2010, social media appeared in all of our lives. And ever since then, different societies around the world have become more and more polarised.
In America, the country was split directly in half as Donald Trump became President of the United States. In Brazil, the country was also split down the middle as the country elected controversial present Jair Bolasanaro. One the other side of the planet, India has seen increased political polarisation.
Why is it that so many democratic societies seem to be tearing themselves into two separate tribes? …
Those innocent little games on the app store. Yes those ones. The free ones. Watch out.
In the modern day, almost everything is optimised to take money out of your pocket. Those free games want you to pay. And they will attempt to psychologically manipulate you until you do.
Mobile games are highly addictive products. Game creators have found that using a “freemium” model along with microtransactions is an insanely effective business model.
Highest-grossing mobile games in recent years:
Candy Crush Saga in 2020: $857 million
Clash Of Clans in 2019: $700 million
PubG Mobile: $2.6 billion
Honor of Kings…
When you look down at your smartphone a barrier of energy forms around you. This barrier cannot be seen with the naked eye but it can be felt, by you and those around you.
All of your body language, your entire being, sends the following message to the world around you: Leave me alone. I have better things to do than communicate with you.
People look down at their smartphones because it looks cool.
The smartphone is a social tool that indicates to others your high social-status. When you look at your smartphone, you signal to those around you that…
Imagine that you’re driving down a country road through a field. On either side of the road are hundreds of cows, all of them looking identical to one another. Bored stiff, you continue driving down the road paying no attention to the hundreds of cows dotted on the landscape around you.
Suddenly, you see something strange. One of the cows is purple! You stop your car and try to get closer to it. You whip out your phone to snap a picture, immediately putting it on Twitter. Eight of your followers then send it to their own followers.
The soldier sat quietly with the young boy, playing yet another game of chess. He ignored the guilt panging in the back of his mind as he hid underground from the clashing of metal and screams that echoed through the room from outside. His armour and shield leant up against the wall beside the door unused.
But the game relaxed his mind. It would allow him to improve his strategic abilities that could one day be used for war, he told himself. Nobody would find him here. He could stay here until the war was over.
The boy moved his…
You’ve witnessed countless smear campaigns throughout your life, but you didn’t notice.
You’ve had your opinion about particular individuals shaped for you without your consent on multiple occasions. Think of a politician or celebrity that you dislike. Did you form that negative opinion of them by yourselves, or have you been manipulated?
What do you think about Julian Assange? What do you think about Jordan Peterson? What do you think about Russell Brand? Or perhaps there’s a politician or public figure in your own country that you dislike. Why do you dislike them?
If you believe that you’ve personally formed…
For a long, long time, humanity has been informationally stunted.
For decades, most of our information came through the television, newspapers and the radio. News organisations presented everything we knew about the outside world to us and we accepted what they told us. Hugely complicated issues were condensed into 5 minute segments squished between commercial breaks.
The brutal truth about the mainstream media is that a small number of corporations controlled all of the information we were able to see. They were the bottleneck through which all of the information about the world came to us.
Take one walk down the high street and you’ll be surrounded by animals. Not real animals, mind you. But depictions of animals in the marketing that surrounds you.
The “Hello Kitty” kitten in the shop window. The big fluffy “Charmin” bear. The little blue bird that appears when you open Twitter on your smartphone. The rooster on the box of “Corn Flakes”. The small silver Jaguar on the front of Jaguar cars. The two red bulls on the front of a can of “Red Bull”.
We’re surrounded by images of animals. I bet you never noticed that before did you…
*The plague referred to in this story has nothing to do with COVID19
Joseph strolled through his town one quiet Sunday morning. The weather was cold but the sky was blue, a pleasant amount of sunshine warming one side of his face. Horses trotted passed being let by their carers, local people chatted happily together in the town square and children ran between them giggling and shouting. Joseph thought of his wife and children back home, all of whom were no doubt still sleeping peacefully in bed. It’s a good morning, Joseph thought to himself.
Joseph was a…