Why do the same people who wanted to talk about being anti-lockdown now find transvestites so fascinating? Why did BLM become such a bugbear, why are a million bots all synchronised in attacking strikes in the UK, union leaders etc. How do anti-covid people become so painfully aware of drag queens telling stories
I reckon that bots are important here. I find these coordinated culture war battles quite interesting and it always seems to me that there is a mixture of bots and people making up each army.
As I see it, the normal sequence of events seems to begin with a news story that gives rise to loads of minor skirmishes as soldiers on both side give their own opinions... but then, at some point, the kinda unofficial-official argument, the party-line if you like, gets released and suddenly it's being repeated up and down the internet wherever you look.
(I see this happening with arguments from the right but I assume it works both ways)
It's always clear that it's one person's argument, especially if there is a bit that doesn't make sense, how could ten thousand people come up with the same nonsensical argument at the same time?
But wherever it comes from, it appears, and then it's being spread by this mixture of bots and people that intrigues me. Are these people sort of willing useful idiots or do they somehow think that it's their own opinion?
So I'd love to know how the party-line is decided and begun, and also what percentage are bots, plus, how do the non-bots fit into this?
I saw this thing with Ziziek the other day talking about dates where he takes his vibrating plastic vagina, the lucky lady beings her own vibrator and then - if they hit it off I guess - they put the toys together for sexy time... while the two real people do something more interesting.
And when he said that, it reminded me of something I've thought about before - two people playing online chess, both cheating by using a computer, ending up with the humans as mere proxies or conduits for their computer masters.
The above are quite humorous situations I suppose, but ultimately limited when you compare them to twitter battles where both armies are built from a mixture of humans and robots fighting side by side, accepting each other unquestioningly and without prejudice as brothers in arms.
It feels that there ought to be a lot to learn from that but I'm afraid I don't know what it is.