This one was a surprise to me to find out, but the more I think about it, the more sense it actually makes…
Author: Tim B. Page 2 of 111
This one sounds unbelievable, but if a video on the internet says it, then it must be true!
Now, this might just be a dumb late at night thought after making too many videos, but it’s got me wondering… People tend to talk about Mandela Effect things as those they are the end result of some other process. That is, reality was changed at the quantum level, so therefore an effect was caused where some small detail of life got changed.
But what if it’s the other way around, and the glitches themselves, the noticing & propagating them is what causes reality itself to be changed, by opening up gaps in certainty?
Almost like… on some level the universe itself doesn’t care that much, but is just trying to serve up whatever it perceives the consensus to be. And it’s actually agnostic about the underlying truth value, because it’s all plastic and malleable to it anyway: including the future, present, past, and all their variations…
Thought these prohibitions around misinformation were interesting & worth keeping from Tiktok’s Community Guidelines section on Integrity & Authenticity:
Misinformation is defined as content that is inaccurate or false. While we encourage our community to have respectful conversations about subjects that matter to them, we do not permit misinformation that causes harm to individuals, our community, or the larger public regardless of intent.
Do not post, upload, stream, or share:
* Misinformation that incites hate or prejudice
* Misinformation related to emergencies that induces panic
* Medical misinformation that can cause harm to an individual’s physical health
* Content that misleads community members about elections or other civic processes
* Conspiratorial content that attacks a specific protected group or includes a violent call to action, or denies a violent or tragic event occurred
* Digital Forgeries (Synthetic Media or Manipulated Media) that mislead users by distorting the truth of events and cause harm to the subject of the video, other persons, or society
* Engage in coordinated inauthentic behaviors (such as the creation of accounts) to exert influence and sway public opinion while misleading individuals and our community about the account’s identity, location, or purpose
Now, I’m someone who likes to find the edges of policies like these. So there are certain things my brain automatically zeroes in on while reading…
- “misinformation that causes harm” – where harm isn’t clearly identified… means the door is potentially fairly wide open to interpretation apart from their enumerated types in the list that follows.
- “attacks a specific protected group” – the definitions of protected groups or classes often tend to be somewhat narrower than people think. A Facebook leak from 2017 showed the … complexity of these kinds of definitions when the rubber meets the road.
- “denies a violent or tragic event occurred” – does this mean denying happy or non-violent events occurred is also forbidden? Status unclear.
I wonder what they would think of RealNewsChan.
Misinformation is just another front in the Hyperreal Wars.
When running a hyperreality campaign online, I’ve found that one of the key things to do is to diversify your posting strategy. You should use not only a combination of diverse platforms & multiple user accounts on each (if possible), but you should also include different grades of platforms. That is, use both sites that require full accounts with logins and passwords, but also use sites that don’t require any credentials at all to post.
Some common ones are:
There are many others if you do Google searches, and some have greater & less longevity both as platforms, and for the content itself. Meaning content posted may be ephemeral (short-lived) or permanent, at least as long as the platform stays up.
Generally speaking, these sites have little or no filtering or other oversight. Perhaps unless they receive a legal take-down notice or similar official complaint. While this may be good or bad depending on the content, generally speaking in terms of the hyperreal it is somewhat of a boon to creators.
The only drawback of course is that Google tends to not rank the content of such sites very highly in search results. So long as you’re aware of that, they can still be very useful tools for seeing hyperreal contents. One of the best uses I’ve found has been for cross-linking. So if you have something posted on a more mainstream site requiring an account, you can link out from that somewhat legit looking account to apparently corroborating information posted on these other shittier sites. It certainly won’t pass the sniff test of determined OSINT investigators, but most people are not concerned enough to follow links or uncover sources in the first place. So it’s really not a big deal.
This technique pairs well with false backdating, spoofed sources, cross-posting into Reddit, and making archived copies. I’ve also used it pretty extensively with text spinner variations of target content, which I’ll post about some time soon (some of these examples below used text spinners, FYI).
Here are some example posts & archived versions from various hyperreality campaigns:
- Authorities Say There Is No Risk of Human Infection By A.I. Virus (archive)
- Officials Are Denying Risk of Human Infection By Artificial Intelligence Virus (Archive)
- Influential AI Researchers Smash Rumsman Record (archive)
- Timecraft Spotted Over Area Shopping Centres, Order Summoned (archive)
- Timecraft Intrusions Over Area Shopping Plazas, Order Summoned (archive)
- Tencent to pay $500M for stake in Influent (archive)
- 84 True Facts About Ancient Quatria (archive)
One classic trick when working in the hyperreal online is to post your target content onto the social platform of your choice.
Then use archive.is, archive.org, or any similar public archive site to make an archived copy of that post.
Then delete the content from the platform you originally posted it on, and tell people on social media that it was “censored” by the platform, and link them to the archived version.
An easy but effective trick. Plus has the added bonus that if your content actually does get blocked, you have a backup of it.
This seems either unlikely or so unlikely that it’s probably true. One of those two. I can’t decide which!