A Moby is like a false flag, a kind of troll that tries to make you look bad politically, ideologically. They do what they can to shape the narrative by exaggerating your position and making you look like a nutcase leading a bunch of nutcases.
In the political world at large many of us have long suspected that the Westboro Baptist church is a moby. In truth they are way too heavily funded, supported and protected by the system at large, and provided massive amounts of free publicity. Why? In truth they are comprised on one small, dysfunctional, cult like family. They are not an actual “church.” They don’t have hundreds of members, they are simply one tiny family, formerly headed by Fred Phelps.
Just the amount of abuse that Fred Phelps heaped on his family, that was actually reported to the authorities is staggering, and yet the system has never once intervened. Until his death he remained one of the most protected and defended serial abusers of all time. We live in a world where people have their children taken from them for allowing them to walk to the store alone, for homeschooling, for taking away their cell phones. People have been arrested for throwing a piece of fruit or spitting and yet Phelps spent his entire life like a piece of teflon. Protected, because he serves the narrative so well, nobody wanted to touch him.
To this day, Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist church serve as a convenient stereotype of all Christians and the rabid right-wing, conservatives, republicans, scary people. I have four mentions of Westboro in my FB newsfeed from just this morning. Most people do not know the truth about them and do not care, they are now simply a handy ideological tool that can be shrunk into a 144 characters or less.
It’s how you engage in social engineering. It’s how you control the narrative, how you shape public opinion and mold the culture. It’s actually kind of chilling how easily we can be led to hold certain false perceptions. It’s a form of brainwashing, playing on your emotions, slipping in under your radar, giving you the impression that something is true when it isn’t. Gaming people.
A moby is like a false flag, a diversion designed to distract your attention and present an exaggerated perception of the perceived enemy. You pretend you’re one of them and then make outlandish claims so everybody gets a distorted perception of the group. It’s been going on the internet for decades. People actually impersonate Christians, conservatives, men’s rights activists, red pills, liberals, men, women, minorities, white supremacists, you name it.
One of the problems with the internet is that you never really know who you’re talking to and people hiding in anonymity can impersonate anybody they want. You have to learn to discern and you won’t always get it right. That is another reason I attach my real name to my email and link to my blog and try to make sure I have established I am a real person as best I can. Some do not have this luxury, I understand that and there are many good arguments for anonymity.
Just to really complicate matters, some people play divide and conquer games, so a troll, a moby, becomes anybody you wish to try to discredit. I don’t like the truth you’re speaking, so you’re a troll. Then you tell everyone somebody is a troll and you’ve shut down all lines of communication.
I have been labeled a troll and a moby so many times it’s almost funny. Oh yes, and banned from half a dozen blogs and accused of being a stalker. I like the stalker one, makes me feel very powerful and intimidating. I like to imagine myself as Kathy Bates breaking someone’s ankles. Puh-lease, give me a break. You also know you’ve hit the big time when people accuse you of trolling your very own blog. Say what??
The truth of the matter is that technology and politics is leading us to be more distrustful of each other, to be more suspicious almost to the point of paranoia and irrationality. Everyone is perceived as being out to deceive someone and to play games. Some are, that is also the truth.
The fact that some people are full of guile and that we are being blatantly socially engineered on the internet and within politics at large is depressing as all heck because you really cannot fight back. People don’t care about the truth, they care about having their ideology and perceptions validated. It takes on almost an addictive quality. Naturally everybody also believes they possess the “truth.” That is also a very seductive and addictive notion. Makes you feel extra special.
I’m not paranoid, I’m actually quite rationally convinced we really are just too stupid to govern ourselves. I have absolutely no hope for the future of our politics. I’ll be in my secret underground bunker stocking the spam.