Hubris, Delusion and Manipulation

Mark Zuckerberg revealed his true nature in 2004 with this quote, "I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses... They trust me... dumb fucks". He's worked hard to bury that quote but I remember it well. The allegations about Facebook and Cambridge Analytica are not a surprise, I

Mark Zuckerberg revealed his true nature in 2004 with this quote,

  "I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses...
  They trust me... dumb fucks".

He's worked hard to bury that quote but I remember it well. The allegations about Facebook and Cambridge Analytica are not a surprise, I predicted something similar in my DEFCON presentations.

Cambridge Analytica isn't the first to manipulate internet media but un-manipulated examples make fraud easier to spot. An organic ("natural") meme grows at an accelerating rate, reaches an inflection point (saturation) and then declines. This MGTOW meme ("Men Going Their Own Way") grew organically for ten years in spite of heavy censorship.


The "Supernatural" television show is another natural meme. If you look closely, you can see each of the 13 seasons.


Now look at a manipulated meme. It's broadcast simultaneously to many outlets, in hopes of creating a "spontaneous" meme, but often leaves a **sawtooth pattern** as the meme is alternately pushed and then fails to gain traction.


Check out the "#MeToo" meme (sexual harassment). Can you see the manipulation? There's no growth phase, it's everywhere instantly in media but not gaining traction.


The women's march meme attempts to piggyback onto an existing meme but again there's no grassroots traction and the meme fades out.


Updated and confirmed in 2021. There was no traction. A small group of people foisted this onto the public using their media power.


These manipulations are plays upon the hubris of "useful idiots". Hubris is the most dangerous of the seven deadly sins because it often masquerades as a virtue instead of a vice.

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