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Reification and conned-trolling the thots of the unwary

“The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words.”   Philip K. Dick

Reification has great power over human thinking. Reification –> an abstract thought/idea/meme is given a noun-like name. Here’s an example–if you were to tell the local internet-ignorant Redneckistanians that you had a ‘blog,’ you’d get some odd looks from them. The same people might be impressed if you told them you had a website–no6ody knows this to be true.

Here’s another example. When folks share files, sometimes the software that finds and transmits the files also records the user’s upload/download history. The software used ‘reifies’ human behavior with numbers, easily shared numbers at that. Because this history can be measured reasonably well and the software often shares these measurements with other users, it is no accident that those who download but don’t share are reified/called ‘leeches.’  Knowing other users might see their history shifts the behavior of these humans to the ‘nice’ sharing side. No6ody wants to be known as a 1337ch.

There is too much power in the creating of words for it to happen blindly–or to allow the GuvCorpse MainstreamMed Ia! Ia! Cthulhu fhtagn! Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn! profit-seekers to do it for you. Purified uranium-238 bullets are called ‘depleted’ uranium munitions. War is called a ‘no fly zone’ or a ‘limited police action.’ Real-life predators don’t have to apologize to their prey, so missiles wear predator names or other names like ‘hellfire,’ which implies the smiting of the unworthy, even as the blood of innocent children flows in foreign streets. The Patriot Act, my NDAAss. Mr. ‘Doubleplusgood’ 0rwell’s “1984” gathers cultural dust, forgotten by many–but not all.

 (\/) (°,,,°) (\/) —>The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names. (Buddhist proverb)

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