I first heard about Facebook in the mid 2000 time frame while I was on the set of a movie. The celebrities there were the first to get it and promote it, and among themselves it was the latest great thing. At that time I had a Myspace account, which is probably still out there somewhere. I haven’t been to it in years, and it was through that site that my networking with all the movie people happened. I participated in that first jaunt into social networking and my work in Hollywood at that time was proof of the validity of that type of use. We were all on break at the lunch from the catering truck and sitting at picnic tables having sandwiches and having a first look at this Facebook thing and comparing it to Myspace. My reaction to it was that the new thing was evil and I told that to Jennie Garth who was sitting next to me showing me how the new platform worked. The people around us of course thought I was being dramatic. They were all part of her network and they were nice people excited about this way to speak to so many people so easily. But I knew when I first looked at the Facebook platform that this thing was different, and was a bad thing. I had recently read a book by Jim Marrs called Rule by Secrecy and it was obvious to me that Facebook was that big device that came along through the private sector that would connect as a spy to the Deep State and that it was essentially a mouse trap to track our thoughts and actions for a wider behavior grid of big brother management of our lives.
My resistance to Facebook was fine for a while until my novel Tail of the Dragon in 2012 came out and my publisher had a fit that I refused to network on the site. As they said, everyone was on Facebook and part of my marketing contract with them stated that I needed to do everything I could to promote the book to the public and Facebook was the best modern age mechanism to do so. It was at that point that I half heartedly let my son-in-law create an account for the book so that my personal information wasn’t on the site. The Tail of the Dragon had a little site that fulfilled my contractual obligations, but it never went anywhere because it wasn’t connected to any real activity. Facebook needed my network to be alive, so without my input it wasn’t like Myspace, or even Twitter in that people can follow you and watch you—which they can on Facebook but not in the same way. What is different about Facebook is that it requires the users commitment to the wall in order to network to other people. Otherwise nobody will find you. Facebook essentially demands input and use of your time and if you don’t give it your time and attention, it doesn’t do anything for you. That makes it all too human in the way it manipulates behavior patterns. My relationship with my publisher up until the marketing of my novel had been great through every phase until we got to the marketing portion. Even though I had a great blog site and a decent presence online, Facebook was their primary choice in building audiences for their books, so our relationship deteriorated over that sole issue.
Everyone in my family does Facebook and none of them understand my hatred of it but it all goes back to that night in Los Angeles where I was able to see Facebook being launched by celebrities. They were excited about it and were doing the soft sell to their fan bases which expanded the reach of the social media device so that people could get close to their favorite movie stars on the off-chance one of them might “like” something they say. Myspace originally came about to help promote musical bands, which essentially worked for everything as a way to connect people who might otherwise not meet. That was after all how Hollywood found out about me and solicited some of my work with bullwhips. Of course my refusal to use Facebook put me socially on the out, even with my own family. That and my work with the Tea Party movement starting in 2009, I’ve described these days as having to make a choice in the cultural civil war that is taking place and I was one of the first to make a serious commitment to that cause, which cost me quite a lot of street credibility. But it all goes back to my resistance to Facebook and the way it massively took over the lives of just about everyone I knew. Sure, I could have went along with it and made many millions of dollars, but it went against my personal beliefs of what human beings should be doing with their time, and I wasn’t going to participate. Facebook counts on peer pressure from family members to pull you in so they can plug into your behavioral profile, but with me it has had the opposite effect. Neither my wife or I are on Facebook and we never will be because the nature of it is extremely intrusive, and manipulative.
That is why I found Sean Parker’s comments about Facebook to be very validating this past week. Parker of course is one of the founders of the social media device that has opened up this new revolution of human manipulation. Facebook takes advantage of several human weaknesses, aspects of existence that I think we should all overcome, not surrender to. That was my problem with it in the beginning and continues to be. I call it the nosy neighbor complex where it allows people to observe from a safe distance what you are doing in your life and you are inspired to surrender that information for the validation of your actions in the form of a “like.” By always seeking that “like” for a new photo or saying, your peer groups are actually steering your intellectual input which then transfers over to real life behavior. People find themselves wondering if an action they are doing will be judged appropriately on Facebook, because they don’t want the social disapproval of their peers telling them otherwise. Additionally Facebook connects people of the present with people of the past going all the way back to childhood. At first this might seem neat, having the ability to contact long-lost people from your high school days and seeing what they are up to, and even maintaining friendships with them. A sister-in-law of mine actually married her fourth husband who was a friend from high school, and it was Facebook that made that relationship possible. But what Facebook gets out of the exchange is much more devious, it’s the behavioral trail that the user leaves behind which then builds a case in the Deep State for control of our mass population in a very negative way. So it was interesting to hear one of the Facebook founders validate everything negative I have said about Facebook for over a decade now—when I was one of the only ones saying it.
Where Facebook fails is in its ability to capture the free will of people. In their study of election patterns for example, say in the case of Donald Trump, Facebook was useless to polling groups because people held back on their opinion about Trump due to their fear that they would receive negative social validation feedback from their peers, so they silently supported him more than Facebook was able to detect in their behavioral analysis that they sold to Deep State organizations—which is how Facebook makes their money and why Mark Zuckerberg thinks he can run for president in 2020, based on Facebook feedback, which was faulty from the start. That left the Deep State ill prepared for the election revolution that followed, and created the first break in trust that Facebook could be counted on to steer society in the proper direction. Mark Zuckerberg had no explanation that assured the Deep State that they could continue trusting Facebook. After all, the social media device had been out for over a decade and it had gone as far as it could. Facebook did what it did, but nothing more. I did not capture the free will of people, only the things they sought approval from regarding their peers—creating a behavior control mechanism, but not showing the true desires of the human soul.
I have always argued that all societies need to align themselves to their souls and not the persnickety traits of gossip and neighbor watching—the small minded stuff that anchors human beings to primate behavior. Facebook inspires primate behavior, and I am against it—so much so that I will go against the grain even if I’m the only one—which it feels like I have been. But I am very happy to be proven right once again. You know, if you people would listen to me more, you’d be a lot better off in life. A lot of people read what I write and they profit from it. But sadly a lot of people read and they silently enjoy the content, but they fail to act on it. If they listened to what I told them to do, they would be a lot better off. Think about that in the future. What Sean Parker is saying now is worthless, he already made his money and I’m sure he’s off on the next big tech revelation. But just remember I said what he’s saying now all along, which takes a lot of guts, and it wasn’t easy—and cost me a lot personally. It was the right position to take. So remember that in the future when I say something and next time don’t wait until someone like Sean Parker provides validation. Facebook is evil and it always has been. Your participation in it feeds that evil expeditiously which is not good for the human species in any way.
I have since lost all my Hollywood friends to Facebook, I put myself on the outside of their networks and those contacts dissolved over time. I’ve also ostracized the publishing industry, which I worked very hard for twenty years to nurture. Most of my family is only on speaking term on holidays with me due to Facebook. They love it—I hate it. My blog site, this Overmanwarrior’s Wisdom endeavor didn’t help. Since Facebook was obviously trying to pull society in the other direction I figured I pissed off everyone anyway, so why not do it diving instead of falling if you know what I mean. Right is right, and if you are going to take a position, you might as well do it in a spectacular way—so I started this site as a way to hedge against the massive online corruption that is Facebook. Facebook is no good and it never has been. It feeds the forces of evil with gossip and behavior patterns and it has surely destroyed at least two generations of people around the world, intellectually. To defeat that evil, you have to stop feeding it. If you have a Facebook account, you are still part of the problem and will be until you stop feeding that evil for what it wants in spite of your personal desires. My position against Facebook has cost me a lot, but I’d pay it all over again and more, because it was the right thing to do.
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