I’m feeling introspective, so a bit of meta-discussion of propaganda tactics.
Opening caveat: I’m talking about tricks of political manipulation here. So, obviously, it’s going to make me look manipulative as all fuck. These aren’t things I do in ordinary conversation. These are not ordinary times.
Y’all are probably aware that I’m on the radical fringe of BB, and that I occasionally make posts that evoke strong reactions. This is a good example of that:
Sometimes, that’s just me being a clueless Aspie.
But most of the time, it’s me taking a deliberate whack at the Overton Window. As the GOP figured out, if you want to move it, you need to attack the edges rather than the middle.
What I believe, and what I have been arguing for, has remained consistent the whole time that I’ve been posting. But I have been deliberately ramping up the degree to which I am explicit about what I’m talking about.
Interrupting caveat: relax, I’m not a deranged Stalinist. MLK/Gandhi/Klein peaceful revolution is what I’m going for, and Nordic DemSoc is what I’d like to see in the aftermath. And what happens is up to you folks, anyway. I’m just an advocate.
Back to the main thread: anyway, it will often be the case that I want to say something that I know is too radical to be easily accepted by the audience. It’s usually something that I feel needs to be said, but I know that if I post it as a response to a regular I’ll upset people.
So, I wait.
And, usually, within a day or two, a troll will snatch some bait and give me an opportunity to say it to someone I don’t care about offending. It may still create a bit of a stir, but nowhere near as much if I hadn’t waited for the right context.
Whenever I can, that’s what I do. But, occasionally, the opportunity doesn’t arise and I need to bounce off a regular instead. In that case, I’ll wait for something thematically close enough, then use that as a springboard to what I want to say.
@emo_pinata: that’s what happened with the “red granny” post.
I’m sorry about that; I get that it probably irritated you, and I’m grateful for the restraint of your response.
It’s not something I’d do normally, but like I said: not normal times. I try to keep that sort of thing to a minimum.